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School district is arming students with rocks in case of a shooter

A Pennsylvania school district has a different solution for tackling intruders: rocks.


Canada calls end to trade case positive for 'longstanding' Boeing ties

MONTREAL, OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada on Friday welcomed as a "positive development" in its long ties with Boeing a decision by the U.S. planemaker to end a trade dispute over sales of Bombardier CSeries jets in the United States.


Special Report: Private equity star's picks shine, until cash-out time

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian financier Newton Glassman has long told his private equity firm’s clients that his big bet on casinos would yield a financial jackpot.


End to Boeing trade case good news for aerospace: Bombardier

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Boeing Co's decision to end its trade case over the sale of Bombardier CSeries jets to U.S. carriers is good news for the aerospace industry and the public, the Canadian plane and train maker said on Friday.


U.S. showcases stealth fighter training on amphibious carrier

ABOARD USS WASP, Philippine Sea (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Friday launched vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) F-35Bs from the deck of the USS Wasp amphibious carrier in the waters around Okinawa in its first show of stealth aircraft force at sea.


Boeing loses case against Denmark over fighter jet purchase

COPENHAGEN, March 23 (Reuters) - Boeing lost a lawsuit against Denmark on Friday which related to the Danish government's decision to buy Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II combat jets in preference to Boeing's F/A 18 Super Hornets.


Say it in words: love letters a specialty for Italian ghostwriter

ROME (Reuters) - Domitilla Stefanini first wrote a letter to her husband declaring her love 18 years ago. Now she is writing another love letter to him, but this time she has enlisted the help of...


Indivior loses another case in battle to protect opioid addiction drug

(Reuters) - Shares in Britain's Indivior were hammered on Friday after it lost a second legal case in recent months in its battle to protect the patent of its opioid addiction treatment that generates 80 percent of its revenues.


Exclusive: Trump official quietly drops payday loan case, mulls others - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top cop for U.S. consumer finance has decided not to sue a payday loan collector and is weighing whether to drop cases against three payday lenders, said five people with direct knowledge of the matter.


Indivior plunges after losing opioid addiction patent case

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Indivior is set to face cheap competition to its opioid addiction treatment Suboxone Film after losing a patent protection case, sending its shares more than 20 percent lower on Friday.


Boeing will not appeal trade case against Bombardier: spokesman

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Boeing Co will not appeal against the U.S. trade commission ruling that allows Canada's Bombardier Inc to sell its newest jets to U.S. airlines without heavy duties, a Boeing spokesman said on Thursday.


BRIEF-Boeing Is Not Appealing Case Against Bombardier At U.S. Trade Court - Spokesman ‍​



Wisconsin governor ordered to hold special elections after Democratic outcry

(Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker must hold special elections in two state districts, a judge ruled on Thursday, after Democrats said he was putting off the votes over fears of losing the formerly Republican-held seats.


Family of 'Star Trek' actor settles with Fiat Chrysler over fatal accident

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of late "Star Trek" actor Anton Yelchin has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV over the rollaway crash of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed the up-and-coming actor almost two years ago.

John Dowd steps down as President Trump ramps up his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller

President Donald Trump's lead lawyer, John Dowd, has resigned from the President's personal legal team handling the response to the Russia investigation, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

United States Politics and Government

John Dowd Resigns as Trump’s Lead Lawyer in Special Counsel Inquiry

Mr. Dowd’s departure is the latest change among President Trump’s legal team as the president has begun directly attacking the special counsel in public.


Formula One delays start of TV streaming service

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One has pushed back the start of a new television streaming service which it had hoped to launch in Australia this weekend.


Future of TV in balance as AT&T, Time Warner plead merger case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fans will be glued to the "March Madness" college basketball tournament as the joint owner of rights for the games, Time Warner Inc, goes before a judge on Thursday to defend a proposed takeover by AT&T Inc.


BRIEF-Internet Association Files Motion To Intervene In Net Neutrality Repeal Case


Trump attorney will appeal judge's decision in Summer Zervos defamation case

President Donald Trump's attorney plans to appeal a New York Supreme Court judge's decision to allow a defamation lawsuit against the President to go forward.


Ex-Minnesota officer charged with murdering Australian a flight risk: prosecutors

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Prosecutors argued on Wednesday that the former Minnesota police officer charged with murdering an unarmed Australian woman in July represents a flight risk and should face high bail.


Endo, others to pay $270.8 mln to resolve Lidoderm U.S. antitrust cases

(Reuters) - Endo International Plc and two other companies have agreed to pay $270.8 million to resolve class action lawsuits alleging Endo paid a generic drug manufacturer to delay launching a cheaper version of its Lidoderm painkiller patch.

Analyst says Trump should worry about Zervos case

Donald Trump's attorney says he intends to appeal a judge's decision to allow the defamation lawsuit against Trump to go forward. The suit was filed by former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos and alleges Trump defamed her after she publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2007. CNN's Brian Todd reports.


Miss Venezuela pageant to probe contestants' ethics after social media feud

CARACAS (Reuters) - The Miss Venezuela beauty pageant said on Wednesday it will investigate possible unethical conduct by its contestants following a vitriolic social media spat that saw former participants accusing each other of inappropriate behavior.


'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.


U.S. makes contingency plans in case Iran nuclear talks fail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has had constructive talks about the Iran nuclear deal with Britain, France and Germany but is making contingency plans should they fail, the lead U.S. negotiator said on Wednesday.


Marvin Gaye family prevails in 'Blurred Lines' plagiarism case

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a $5.3 million judgment against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copying a Marvin Gaye song to create their 2013 smash "Blurred Lines."


Federal prosecutors told to seek death penalty in drug cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors on Wednesday to seek the death penalty in drug-related cases whenever it is "appropriate," saying the Justice Department must boost efforts to counter America's epidemic of opioid abuse.


Germany confirms H5N6 bird flu case on island farm

HAMBURG (Reuters) - German authorities have confirmed outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu type at a farm on an island off the German North Sea coast, the Schleswig-Holstein state agriculture ministry said on Wednesday.


BMW to double self-driving car testing fleet despite U.S. fatality

MUNICH (Reuters) - BMW will not change its strategy on autonomous vehicle testing despite the death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving car during tests by ride-hailing firm Uber [UBER.UL], senior executives said on Wednesday.


Narcos producer shows 'mechanism' of Brazil corruption in new series

(Reuters) - A vast corruption investigation in Brazil that has toppled businessmen and lawmakers, haunted two presidencies and captivated the media, debuts as a Netflix series this week, long before anyone can predict how the real-life probe will end.

Women and Girls

Boko Haram Returns Dozens of Schoolgirls Kidnapped in Nigeria

In a surprising turn, militants released most of the students they seized more than a month ago, though several are thought to have died in their hands.


Special Report: This man is trying to rebuild Mosul. He needs help - lots of it

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Perched atop a mound of rubble, Abdelsattar al-Hibbu surveyed what remained of his second-floor office: twisted iron and centuries-old stone reduced to dust by an airstrike.


Minnesota officer charged with murdering Australian to appear in court

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman in July was expected to make his initial court appearance on Wednesday, the day after he was charged with murder.


Tencent fourth-quarter profit nearly doubles, beats estimates

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd posted on Wednesday a 98 percent rise in quarterly net profit, beating expectations as it deepens monetization of the growing traffic on its social networks.


France's Sarkozy faces second day of questioning in Gaddafi funds case

PARIS (Reuters) - France's Nicolas Sarkozy faced a second day of questioning on Wednesday by investigators looking into allegations that his 2007 election campaign had received funds from late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.


Missouri murderer gets stay of execution from Supreme Court

(Reuters) - A Missouri man convicted of murder and rape received a stay of execution from the U.S. Supreme Court moments before he was scheduled to die on Tuesday, after lawyers argued that a lethal injection would cause an agonizing death due to his a rare medical condition.


Weinstein Co says its bankruptcy filing won't protect ex-chairman

NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Weinstein Company's bankruptcy filing will not protect ex-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault, an attorney for the studio told U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Mary Walrath on Tuesday.

Anemia doubles risk of death for pregnant women, study finds

Anemia is emerging as a threat that can double the risk of death in pregnant women, according to a new study.


Minnesota officer charged with murder in Australian's death

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman last July was arrested on Tuesday on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, prosecutors said.


Minnesota officer charged with third-degree murder in Australian's death

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman last July was arrested on Tuesday on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, prosecutors said.


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

WASHINGTON (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.


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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.

Judge lets 'Apprentice' contestant's defamation case continue

A New York judge on Tuesday denied an attempt by lawyers for President Donald Trump to dismiss a defamation case against a former "Apprentice" contestant who claims Trump groped her a decade ago.

Cop who shot woman seeking help faces murder charge

A Minneapolis police officer was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder in the death of Justine Ruszczyk, a 40-year-old Australian woman who was shot in 2017 after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home.


Former F-Squared CEO must pay $12.4 million in SEC case: U.S. judge

BOSTON (Reuters) - The former chief executive of F-Squared Investments Inc, once the largest U.S. money manager creating portfolios out of exchange-traded funds, must pay more than $12.4 million for...


'The Crown' producers apologize for royal show pay disparity

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The producers of television series "The Crown" apologized on Tuesday for paying the award-winning actress who played Queen Elizabeth less than her male co-star but said nothing about redressing the past imbalance.


Arise Sir Ringo - Beatles drummer knighted at Buckingham Palace

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was knighted at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and joked with reporters afterwards: "I expect you to use my title."


Court rules in favor of case on Britain's ability to reverse Brexit

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - - A legal attempt by anti-Brexit campaigners to establish that Britain could unilaterally reverse Brexit was given a boost on Tuesday by Scotland's top court, which said it wants to examine the case in greater depth.


UK royal wedding cake to be made by London-based California baker

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle have chosen an east London bakery to make a lemon elderflower cake for their wedding in May, his office said on Tuesday.

United States Defense and Military Forces

‘At War,’ The Times’s Renegade Blog From the Front Lines, Returns

On the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, The Times reintroduces At War, a forum for the firsthand experiences of global conflict.

Freedom of Speech and Expression

Op-Ed Contributors: The Abortion Case That’s Really About the First Amendment

A Supreme Court decision could lead to widespread, ideologically motivated censorship.


VW says headquarters searched again by prosecutors in emissions case

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen said on Tuesday that its global headquarters were searched again by German prosecutors in early March as part of an investigation into its diesel emissions scandal, confirming a magazine report.


South Korea to send K-pop singers to Pyongyang in late March

SEOUL (Reuters) - A group of South Korea's K-pop singers will visit Pyongyang from March 31, the South said on Tuesday, a reciprocal visit after North Korea sent performers to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.


Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom asks for Obama to appear in NZ damages case

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom said on Tuesday he has filed an application for former U.S. President Barack Obama to appear in court in relation to a damages claim over his defunct Megaupload streaming website while Obama visits New Zealand this week.


Judge says no decision for at least a month in Kansas voter ID case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) - Lawyers presented closing arguments on Monday in the trial of a legal challenge to a Kansas law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, with opponents calling the statute illegal and supporters deeming it necessary to fight voter fraud.


Australian court rejects part of News Corp defense against Geoffrey Rush defamation suit

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court on Tuesday threw out part of News Corp's defense against a defamation lawsuit by Geoffrey Rush, a win for the Oscar-winning actor who objected to a series of newspaper articles accusing him of inappropriate conduct.

The special counsel's team gives Trump's lawyers more details on what they want to talk to the President about

As President Donald Trump's reaction to special counsel Robert Mueller grows more irate by the day, attorneys on both sides sat down last week in a rare face-to-face discussion about the topics investigators could inquire of the President. It was the first in-person meeting after several weeks of informal discussions between the two sides, according to two sources familiar with the talks.


Extortion case against Boston officials faces dismissal after ruling

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday declined to reconsider a ruling that prosecutors said could lead to the dismissal of charges against two members of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's administration who are accused of extorting a music festival production company.

A load of $54M in gold went missing during the Civil War. There may be a break in the case.

A Civil War legend about a buried stash of gold. A treasure map. A mysterious dig.


McDonald's agrees settlement in franchisees' U.S. labor case

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


Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Platt release #MarchforOurLives song

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two of Broadway's biggest stars teamed up to release a song on Monday in support of the March for Our Lives gun control movement started by students at a Florida high school.


'Sex and the City' actress Cynthia Nixon to run for New York governor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress and liberal activist Cynthia Nixon, one of the stars of the hit television series "Sex and the City," announced on Monday she would run for governor of New York, challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination.


McDonald's proposes settlement in U.S. labor board case: source

(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 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.


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.


Alibaba doubles Lazada investment to $4 billion in aggressive Southeast Asian expansion

BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said it will invest an extra $2 billion in Southeast Asian e-commerce firm Lazada Group and tapped a top executive to run the business, as it takes on rivals such as tech titan Amazon in an aggressive expansion in the region.

Workplace Hazards and Violations

Deadline Is Today in McDonald’s Labor Case That Could Affect Millions

The National Labor Relations Board’s chief lawyer, a Trump appointee, is reportedly trying to reach a settlement to avert a landmark ruling.

Trump's weekend of assaults on Mueller's probe pushed DC closer to the major crisis of governance that may unfold if he fires the special counsel

Report: Kushner company reaped high returns with misleading paperwork

A real estate investment startup co-founded by Jared Kushner skirted New York City laws and earned his company more money than expected when they flipped the properties, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Efforts to protect the special counsel are stalled in Congress as Trump poses serious threat to Russia probe


Daryl Hannah directs first feature, wants more women in film industry

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Film star Daryl Hannah returned to the red carpet with her debut as a feature film director and said the odds are stacked against women taking prominent roles in the film industry.


'Black Panther' surpasses 'Tomb Raider' for fifth box office crown

LOS ANGELES, ( - Disney-Marvel's "Black Panther" has maintained its momentum at the domestic box office, winning its fifth consecutive weekend with $27 million from 3,834 locations.

GOP senator says if Trump fires the special prosecutor, it will be 'the beginning of the end of his presidency'

Sen. Lindsey Graham gave a stern warning Sunday to President Donald Trump against firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

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

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


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Case for a Carbon Tax on Beef

It would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution, deforestation, species loss and human mortality. So what’s the holdup?

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

Trump Lawyer Says Special Counsel Inquiry Should Be Ended

The lawyer, John Dowd, said he was speaking on behalf of President Trump, only to backtrack shortly afterward and say he was speaking only for himself.

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

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


Trump lawyer seeks $20 million damages from Stormy Daniels: filing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A law firm representing U.S. President Donald Trump and the corporation that paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in what she called hush money over an alleged affair with Trump said in a court filing that it was seeking at least $20 million in damages for multiple violations of a nondisclosure agreement.

Pennsylvania GOP wants investigation of special election

Pennsylvania's Republican Party is asking for an investigation into Tuesday's special election.


BRIEF-‍Hydro One, Avista Reach Settlement In Principle In Washington Merger Case​



Academy of Motion Pictures chief accused of sexual misconduct: reports

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


Bollywood singer Mehndi sentenced to two years in jail for human trafficking

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Bollywood singer Daler Mehndi was handed a two-year prison sentence for human trafficking on Friday after a court in north India found him guilty of smuggling people into the United States while on tour there twenty years ago.


UNHCR chief pessimistic on deal for Rohingya returns to Myanmar

GENEVA (Reuters) - A quick agreement to return Rohingya refugees to Myanmar is looking less and less likely, the U.N. refugee chief said on Friday as he launched an almost $1 billion appeal to support the stateless Muslims in camps in Bangladesh for the rest of 2018.


Porn actress Stormy Daniels physically threatened over Trump: lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels was physically threatened and warned to remain silent about her relationship with President Donald Trump, her lawyer told MSNBC and CNN on Friday.


'Life of Pi' actor Irrfan Khan reveals battle with tumor

(Reuters) - Indian actor Irrfan Khan, whose roles in Hollywood films such as "Slumdog Millionaire", "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Life of Pi" have brought him fame, has been diagnosed with a tumor and is traveling overseas for treatment, he said on Friday.

California Today

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

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

technologyNews's finance unit aims to raise $1.9 billion, valuation set to double: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Inc's finance arm is looking to raise about 12 billion yuan ($1.9 billion) in fresh equity that could see its value double from last year to more than $20 billion, three people with knowledge of the matter said.


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


Lanxess drops out of race for Akzo Nobel speciality chem -sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON/NEW YORK, March 16 (Reuters) - Germany's Lanxess has dropped out of a consortium that includes U.S. private equity firm Apollo in the bidding war for Dulux paint maker Akzo Nobel's specialty chemicals business, two people close to the matter said.


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

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


Bartender, bandmate and bathroom disrupter in film of Bill Murray tales

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The stories told in a new documentary about Bill Murray are the stuff of an off-beat legend, taking the star to a Scottish house party where he washed the dishes, to singing with an accordion player in Slovenia and surprising a guy in a bar bathroom.

47 more cases of salmonella linked to dietary supplement

Forty-seven more individuals have become ill with salmonella linked to products containing the Southeast Asian plant kratom, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.


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

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


Rihanna urges fans to delete Snapchat after ad mocking assault by Brown

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Rihanna urged fans on Thursday to delete Snapchat after the social media app ran an ad making fun of her 2009 beating at the hands of then boyfriend Chris Brown.


Jennifer Lopez on her #MeToo moment: 'Nah, we're not having it'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jennifer Lopez had her own #MeToo moment years ago, but it did not turn out as planned for her would-be abuser.


Rihanna urges fans to delete Snapchat after domestic violence ad

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Rihanna urged fans on Thursday to delete Snapchat after the social media app ran an ad making fun of her 2009 beating at the hands of then boyfriend Chris Brown.


West calls on Russia to explain nerve toxin attack on former double agent

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain, the United States, Germany and France jointly called on Russia on Thursday to explain a military-grade nerve toxin attack in England on a former Russian double agent, which they said threatened Western security.


Queen gives formal consent for grandson Harry to marry Meghan Markle

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Queen Elizabeth has formally given her permission for her "dearly beloved" grandson Prince Harry to marry his U.S. fiancee Meghan Markle.


Special Report: How Europe's taxpayers will bankroll Viktor Orban's friends and family

KESZTHELY, Hungary (Reuters) - In a corner of Lake Balaton, central Europe's largest body of freshwater, the rocky shoreline leads to a leafy park at the city of Keszthely, a resort whose natural beauty contrasts with the dereliction of its hotels.

Specialty toy retailers are pretty much extinct


At 55, 'French spiderman' keeps climbing world's skyscrapers

PARIS (Reuters) - Alain Robert, sometimes known as the "French Spiderman" for climbing skyscrapers world worldwide, is still defying gravity at the age of 55.


Versace and Furla join designer labels ditching fur

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian fashion house Versace and handbag and accessories maker Furla said they would stop using real fur in their creations, joining a growing list of luxury labels turning their backs on the fur industry.


Who will get the nod to design Meghan's dress for UK royal wedding?

LONDON (Reuters) - For the fashion world, when American actress Meghan Markle joins the British royal family in less than two months' time when she marries Prince Harry, there is only one issue that matters - who will design her wedding gown?

Daniels' lawyer says other women are considering legal cases against Trump

The lawyer representing Stormy Daniels says that, on the heels of her lawsuit against Donald Trump, several other women are now exploring the possibility of legal action against the President.


LATAM Airlines doubles net profit in 2017 but misses expectations

SANTIAGO, March 14 (Reuters) - Regional carrier LATAM Airlines posted a 2017 net profit of $155.3 million on Wednesday, missing market expectations amid higher fuel costs even as it more than doubled what it earned a year earlier.


Harper Lee estate sues Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' play

(Reuters) - The estate of "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has sued the producer of an upcoming Broadway adaptation, arguing that writer Aaron Sorkin's script deviates too much from the beloved novel about race relations in the Depression-era U.S. South.

Lamb, Conor J (1984- )

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

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

WH trying to distance itself from Pennsylvania special election

The White House is trying to distance itself from a poor showing by the Republican candidate in the Pennsylvania's special election Tuesday night.


NBC News plans online streaming service to attract younger viewers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp's NBC News plans to launch an online streaming service this year as part of its effort to reach younger viewers who prefer to watch their favorite shows online, executives said on Wednesday.


Game of musical chairs follows Pennsylvania's special election

(Reuters) - The special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District was still too close to call on Wednesday but the winner could soon have to start campaigning all over again - in a different district against a different opponent for the November congressional elections.


Disney creates streaming video unit for digital future

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co said on Wednesday it had created a new unit for its streaming video and international businesses as the company retools its traditional media operation for a world rapidly embracing online video.


Crimes committed in Mexico in name of security, actor tells U.N

GENEVA (Reuters) - Crimes against humanity have been committed in Mexico "in the name of security", actor Gael Garcia Bernal told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday.


Myanmar urged not to drag out case against Reuters reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - Some international observers urged Myanmar on Wednesday not to drag out legal proceedings against two Reuters journalists, as they appeared in court for the 10th time since they were arrested in December and accused of possessing secret government papers.

Lamb rejects suggestion that special election was about Trump

Democrat Conor Lamb rejects the idea that his strong showing in the Pennsylvania special election is a referendum on President Donald Trump, who won the district by 20 percentage points in 2016.

Pennsylvania special election heads into Day Two. Democrat claims victory. CNN isn't projecting a winner.

Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone are locked in a neck and neck battle to decide who will represent Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.


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

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


Hollywood producers Affleck, Jordan, Feig adopt inclusion rider

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig said on Tuesday that his production company was adding an inclusion rider for future shows, the latest Hollywood figure to take up the call for more diversity on movie and television sets.


Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik announce split in loving messages

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Celebrity couple Zayn Malik and supermodel Gigi Hadid on Tuesday announced they had split up after two years of dating, with both posting statements of mutual love and respect.


BRIEF-Aberdeen Singapore Fund, Inc. Announces Postponement Of Special Stockholder Meeting



DoubleLine's Gundlach sees U.S. 10-year Treasury yield rising, weighing on stocks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jeffrey Gundlach, the chief executive of DoubleLine Capital and known on Wall Street as the "Bond King," said on Tuesday the yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note will likely...


Next 'Fantastic Beasts' movie thrills fans with return to Hogwarts

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The second of the "Fantastic Beasts" movie spinoffs from author J.K. Rowling includes scenes set in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, directly connecting the story to the best-selling "Harry Potter" books and films, a first movie trailer on Tuesday showed.


Royal pay gap? 'The Crown''s Queen Elizabeth paid less than her prince

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Even royals, it seems, may suffer from the gender pay gap.


The Ventures guitarist, surf rock pioneer Nokie Edwards dies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nokie Edwards, a guitarist and bassist for surf rock pioneers The Ventures and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 82, the band's manager said on Tuesday.


Vice Media names Nancy Dubuc CEO, co-founder Smith to be chairman

(Reuters) - Vice Media LLC on Tuesday named Nancy Dubuc as chief executive officer, succeeding co-founder Shane Smith, three months after the millennial-focused media firm apologized for allowing a "boy's club" atmosphere to flourish at the company.


Mexican actor Garcia Bernal brings call for end to impunity to U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Actor and filmmaker Gael Garcia Bernal called on Tuesday for the United Nations and governments around the world to put pressure on his native Mexico to end impunity for corruption and large-scale killings.


Namibia records first listeria case after it kills 180 in South Africa

WINDHOEK (Reuters) - Namibia's health minister said on Tuesday it had recorded its first case of listeriosis, the biggest recorded outbreak of which has killed over 180 people and infected almost 970 in neighboring South Africa.


Tennis: Former Olympic doubles champion Flach dies, aged 54

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


Ireland refers extradition case to ECJ over Polish law changes

DUBLIN (Reuters) - An Irish High Court judge has referred a Polish extradition case to Europe's top court over concerns that recent judicial reforms have been "so immense" that the rule of law in Poland has been systematically damaged.

Elections, House of Representatives

Pennsylvania’s Special House Election: What to Watch For

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

A sixth grader makes a will 'just in case' of a school shooting

As Javon Davies reads out a list of his most prized possessions, it's hard not to smile: His Playstation, his video games, his TV, his cat. It's typical sixth grade stuff through and through.

PA special election: What to watch

Voters in southwest Pennsylvania are heading to the polls Tuesday for a special election. Democrats, looking to take back the majority in Congress next year, are hoping a high-profile win in Pennsylvania's 18th District will give them a boost in the heart of Trump country. Republicans are hoping to avoid an embarrassing defeat in a district that has voted Republican since 2002.


'Tomb Raider' reboot tests Oscar-winner Vikander's star power

(Reuters) - When video game character Lara Croft first debuted in "Tomb Raider" on the big screen nearly two decades ago, she was a daring, action-superwoman embodying a role reserved for men.


Mexico says arrests drug gang suspect in case of 43 murdered students

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said on Monday it had arrested a suspected drug gang member regarded as key figure in the kidnapping and massacre of 43 student teachers 3 1/2 years ago.

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.


Met Opera fires conductor Levine after 'credible evidence' of misconduct

(Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera said on Monday that it had fired its longtime conductor and musical director James Levine after an inquiry found "credible evidence" to support accusations against him of sexual misconduct.

O.J. Simpson discusses murders in interview

In a 2006 Fox interview, O.J. Simpson details a "shocking hypothetical account" of the 1994 murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. CNN's Brian Todd reports.


Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers

(Reuters) - Apple Inc's streaming music service now has 38 million paid subscribers, up from 36 million in February, the company said on Monday.

Opinion: Why the OJ Simpson interview is ludicrous

Did O.J. have help? That question has lingered over the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman for more than two decades. The evidence that Simpson himself committed the killing has looked ever more persuasive over the years, but Internet experts and others have long raised the question of possible accomplices, usually pointing to Simpson's son from his first marriage, Jason.


O.J. Simpson gets tongues wagging, but 'American Idol' wins on TV

LOS ANGELES, March 12 (Reuters) - A more than 10 year-old interview in which O.J. Simpson gave a hypothetical account of how he might have murdered his ex-wife fired up social media, but Americans proved more interested in watching the return of "American Idol," television ratings data on Monday showed.


Meghan Markle carries out first royal engagement with UK's Queen Elizabeth

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry's American fiancée Meghan Markle on Monday took part in her first official royal engagement with Britain's Queen Elizabeth since the couple announced they were getting married last year.


The O.J. Simpson Interview on Fox: Gripping, Gross or Both?

On Sunday Fox aired “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession,” a special built around a “hypothetical” explanation of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.


After Murder and Protests, Slovak Leaders Struggle to Keep Power

The interior minister bowed to pressure to resign, and the governing party pledged a thorough investigation into the recent killing of a journalist.


British PM May to chair security meeting on poisoning of former Russian double agent

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of Britain's National Security Council on Monday to discuss the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter.


Madcap British comedian Ken Dodd dies, aged 90

LONDON (Reuters) - British comedian Ken Dodd, well-known to the country's television audiences for his spiky hair, buck teeth and "tickling stick", has died aged 90, his publicist said on Monday.


Casey wins Valspar as Woods finishes one stroke behind

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


Japan government says documents in suspected cronyism case were doctored: LDP official

TOKYO (Reuters) - A senior member of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said government representatives told him on Monday that documents related to a suspected cronyism scandal had been doctored.


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

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


Casey savours extra special victory, beating Tiger at Valspar

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

Arrest made in cold case murder of 15-year-old

A North Carolina man was arrested Friday in the October 1986 slaying of 15-year-old Tracy Gilpin in a case with personal connections to the leader of the Massachusetts State Police.

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

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


Woods two behind leader Casey during Valspar final round

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods trailed surprise leader Paul Casey by two strokes as the cream rose to the top during the final round at the Valspar Championship in Florida on Sunday.


Box Office: 'Black Panther' tops 'A Wrinkle in Time' in Disney-dominant weekend

LOS ANGELES, ( - "Black Panther" remained superheroic in its fourth weekend at the North American box office with $41.1 million at 3,942 locations, easily topping the opening weekend of fantasy-adventure "A Wrinkle in Time" with $33.5 million at 3,980 sites, estimates showed Sunday.


Saudi sets up departments to investigate, prosecute corruption cases: royal decree

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman has ordered the establishment of specialized departments in the public prosecutor's office to investigate and prosecute corruption cases, the government's information office said in a statement on Sunday.


Nun fighting sale of convent to Katy Perry dies in court

(Reuters) - An 89-year-old Roman Catholic nun who has battled pop star Katy Perry for years over the sale of a Los Angeles convent collapsed and died during a court appearance, according to media reports and supporters.


Soccer: Rashford double gives United victory over Liverpool

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Marcus Rashford struck twice as Manchester United won the 200th North West derby with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday to open up a five point gap on their third-placed rivals.


Myanmar monk returns to preaching after ban, denies fuelling Rakhine violence

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar Buddhist monk Wirathu said on Saturday his anti-Muslim rhetoric had nothing to do with violence in the western state of Rakhine, as he emerged from a one-year preaching ban.


Myanmar opens murder investigation after men found 'shot' in the head

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar police said on Saturday they had opened a murder investigation into the killing of two men that residents say appeared to have been shot in the head after they were detained by soldiers in the conflict-torn north of the country.


Zambia deports racey South African dancer Zodwa Wabantu

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia on Saturday deported a controversial female South African dancer, Zodwa Wabantu, who is popularly known for performing without underwear, on the grounds that her performance would "undermine national values".


Comedy-thriller 'Thoroughbreds' wows critics

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedy-thriller "Thoroughbreds" may star two relative newcomers and an unknown director but it arrives in U.S. movie theaters on Friday to the kind of reviews enjoyed by veterans.

Telephones and Telecommunications

AT&T Backs Off Political Argument in Antitrust Case

AT&T has said the government blocked the company’s deal with Time Warner because of presidential politics. But that argument was absent in a filing on Friday.


Pennsylvania Republicans make case for scrapping new Congress map

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A panel of three federal judges heard arguments on Friday in the latest attempt by Pennsylvania Republicans to block a court-imposed map of voting districts that could boost Democrats' chances of winning control of the U.S. Congress this year.

Law firm handling Stormy Daniels case for Cohen also did legal work with Trump campaign

The lawyer handling the Stormy Daniels scandal for President Donald Trump's corporate and personal representative, Michael Cohen, comes from the same small New York law firm that earned thousands of dollars from the Trump campaign at the end of last year.


Ex-Model, Mob Suspect and a Murder Could Bring Down Slovakia’s Government

The killing of an investigative journalist, Jan Kuciak, and his fiancée have stirred public anger and intensified scrutiny of government corruption.

Sexual assault survivor creates specialized yoga to heal

During her senior year at the University of California, Irvine, Zabie Yamasaki was sexually assaulted by a stranger.

Trump's trade moves may not matter in Pennsylania special election

When President Donald Trump heads to western Pennsylvania on Saturday, he'll be trying to save a struggling Republican congressional candidate locked in a tough special election race.

Frazier, Kenneth C

Corner Office: Merck C.E.O. Ken Frazier on Death Row Cases and the Corporate Soul

Corner Office, a regular interview with leading C.E.O.s, returns. In the first installment, Ken Frazier talks about race, justice and his break with President Trump.


Britain sends specialist troops to city where Russian double agent poisoned

SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - Britain deployed specialist troops on Friday to help remove potentially contaminated objects from the small English city where a Russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned.


British interior minister visits scene where Russian double agent collapsed

SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - Britain's interior minister on Friday visited the scene where a Russian double agent was found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping center after being poisoned in a nerve agent attack.


British firms hope for halcyon days ahead of royal wedding

STOKE-ON-TRENT, England (Reuters) - After nearly 70 years of producing royal merchandise, British luxury gift manufacturer Halcyon Days is hoping the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and his U.S. fiancee Meghan Markle will be a happy one for them as well as the bride and groom.


Barack Obama in talks to create shows for Netflix: New York Times

(Reuters) - Former U.S. president Barack Obama is in advanced talks with Netflix Inc to produce a series of high-profile shows, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.


Review: In ‘Good for Otto,’ a Case of Psychiatrist, Shrink Thyself

David Rabe’s dramedy is set in the emotional war zone of a mental health center, where the patients are colorful and the therapists are troubled.

International Trade and World Market

Op-Ed Contributor: The Case for Trump’s Tariffs and ‘America First’ Economics

The U.S. needs an alternative to a free-trade system that has hollowed out the factory towns that once made America great.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Judge Floats Idea to Settle @realDonaldTrump Twitter Blocking Case

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


The force turns out for Mark Hamill's Hollywood Walk of Fame star

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Flanked by two Storm Troopers, "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday with the enthusiasm and humility that has endeared him to fans four decades after his first turn as Luke Skywalker.


TV special to show 'charismatic' but 'manic' O.J. Simpson

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The O.J. Simpson double murder case returns to U.S. television on Sunday with a 2006 interview that producers say will give viewers an unprecedented glimpse into the mind of the former football star.


'The Sopranos' to make a comeback - in a big screen prequel

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A prequel to hit U.S. mafia drama "The Sopranos" is being developed as a movie, possibly reuniting some of television's most beloved characters, New Line Cinema said on Thursday.


Danish submarine entrepreneur denies journalist's murder as trial starts

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


'Iron Man' director Favreau to create 'Star Wars' TV series

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jon Favreau, director of the 'Iron Man' and 'Jungle Book' movies, will write and produce a live-action 'Star Wars' series for an upcoming Walt Disney Co streaming service, the company announced on Thursday.


Blatter says he wants FIFA to reconsider his case

ZURICH (Reuters) - Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter intends to ask the ethics committee of the global soccer body to reconsider his case and lift his six-year ban from the sport.


Meghan Markle baptized by archbishop ahead of wedding to UK's Prince Harry: paper

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - U.S. actress Meghan Markle has been baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual head of the Church of England, ahead of her royal wedding in May to Britain's Prince Harry, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on Thursday.


Big names, high hopes for multi-racial 'Wrinkle in Time'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A month after "Black Panther" showcased black excellence in the form of a superhero movie, "A Wrinkle in Time" is hoping to do the same through a beloved American children's novel.


Danish inventor denies murder in Swedish journalist death trial: lawyer

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

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

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

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

Trial begins for man accused of journalist's gruesome murder

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


Great Wall seeks to double vehicle sales by 2025, plans electric car push

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Great Wall Motor Co Ltd aims to more than double its annual sales to 2 million vehicles by 2025, with roughly a third of those expected to be all-electric battery cars.


U.S. special counsel probes Seychelles meeting with Russian: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special counsel investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in the Seychelles in January 2017 was an attempt to set up a back-channel between the incoming Trump administration and the Kremlin, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.


Trump won Stormy Daniels legal case in arbitration: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has already won a legal case against adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in arbitration, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday, a day after Daniels sued seeking to invalidate a "hush agreement" she signed with Trump's lawyer.


Trump spoke to witnesses about discussions they had with special counsel: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special counsel in the Russian election meddling investigation has learned of two conversations in which President Donald Trump asked witnesses about matters discussed with investigators, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

United States Politics and Government

Trump Spoke to Witnesses About Matters They Discussed With Special Counsel

Experts say the conversations likely do not constitute witness tampering, but people who were told about them considered the discussions potential problems and told the special counsel.

Russian and his daughter are critically ill in a case that British police are treating as attempted murder


Third rape case filed against Muslim scholar Ramadan

PARIS (Reuters) - A 45-year-old woman filed a new rape case in France on Wednesday against Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan, the third against the Islamic studies professor, judicial sources said on Wednesday.


Former student indicted on 17 counts of murder in Florida school shooting

(Reuters) - A Florida grand jury formally indicted Nikolas Cruz on Wednesday on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree for last month's shooting spree at a high school in Parkland, prosecutors said.


Review: ‘Jessica Jones’ Returns, Well Timed for the Time’s Up Moment

The Netflix-Marvel superhero series, already more focused on female characters than most dramas, was entirely directed and mostly written by women in Season 2.


Nerve agent used in attempted murder of Russian ex-spy, UK police say

LONDON (Reuters) - British police are treating an incident in which a Russian ex-spy and his daughter fell critically ill as attempted murder by administration of a nerve agent, the head of counter terrorism policing said on Wednesday.


Pioneering UK music paper NME to close print edition

LONDON (Reuters) - NME, the pop music newspaper that created the first British singles chart in 1952, will be printed for the final time this week as it shifts focus to its digital audience, publisher Time Inc said on Wednesday.


BRIEF-Caseys General Stores Reports Qtrly Earnings Per Share $5.08



Exxon expects earnings to double by 2025 at current oil prices

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp , the world's largest publicly traded oil producer, said on Wednesday it expects earnings to more than double by 2025 to $31 billion, with crude prices at or above current levels.


Britain knows more about mystery substance behind illness of Russian double agent

SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday that investigators now knew more about a mystery substance that struck down a former Russian double agent and his daughter in an English city, in a case that threatens to further damage already strained ties with Moscow.