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  • Michelle Obama gets sweet happy birthday message from Barack Obama

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    "In every scene, you are my star," Obama wrote to his wife on Twitter. Along with the message, Barack Obama shared a series of four photos of the happy couple -- married for nearly 30 years -- posing with each other. Michelle Obama is celebrating her 56th birthday one month after being named the "most admired woman" in the world for the second year in a row in a Gallup poll.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:25:33 -0500
  • Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr join Trump impeachment defense team

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    The legal team representing President Trump in his Senate impeachment trial will include some familiar faces, especially for regular viewers of Fox News.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:24:55 -0500
  • Mexico's "Thousand Islands" yields 14 corpses in 7 pits

    Police, soldiers and National Guardsmen used boats to reach four islands in a reservoir in the southern state of Oaxaca, near the border with the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. Dozens of military personnel provided an escort for investigators in the dangerous area of the Miguel Alemán reservoir, where drug gangs operate. Armed men detained in an earlier raid gave police leads about the location of clandestine grave sites.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:13:40 -0500
  • Pentagon denies any move to de-emphasize injuries from Iran attack

    The Pentagon said on Friday there had been no effort to play down or delay the release of information on concussive injuries from Iran's Jan. 8 attack on a base hosting U.S. forces in Iraq, saying such wounds can take longer to identify and have different reporting requirements. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Thursday's announcement by the U.S. military that 11 U.S. servicemembers were flown out of Iraq for further evaluation was released just several hours after Defense Secretary Mark Esper was informed. "This idea that there was an effort to de-emphasize injuries for some sort of amorphous political agenda doesn't hold water to what the administration has said on the record," Hoffman said, noting that top officials have been clear that Iran sought to kill U.S. troops in its attack.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:09:19 -0500
  • Trial date set for officer charged with killing black man

    A trial date has been set for a white Nashville police officer charged with fatally shooting an armed black man during a foot chase in 2018. The trial for Andrew Delke, 25, is set to begin March 16, according to an order filed by Judge Monte Watkins on Thursday. Delke has pleaded not guilty to charges he shot and killed Daniel Hambrick from behind as Hambrick ran from officers.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:09:05 -0500
  • Volkswagen creating first innovation hub in North America

    Volkswagen is partnering with the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to create the company's first innovation hub for developing new technology in North America, officials said Friday in a statement. Initial work at the hub in Knoxville will include research opportunities for UT doctoral students and will focus on electric vehicles and developing lighter components from composite materials, according to a joint statement from the three partners. “Working with the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a great opportunity to continue growing Volkswagen’s engineering footprint in the North American region,” said Wolfgang Demmelbauer-Ebner, VW's executive vice president and chief engineering officer for the region.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:05:08 -0500
  • Actors die in fall during rehearsal for Mexican TV show

    Two actors fell from a bridge and died while rehearsing a scene on location for the Mexican TV series “Sin Miedo a la Verdad,” broadcaster Televisa said Friday. Televisa said in a brief statement that Jorge Navarro Sánchez and Luis Gerardo Rivera died Thursday night but did not give further details. “Our prayers are with the relatives of Jorge and Luis Gerardo, to whom we extend our most heartfelt condolences,” Televisa said.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:01:02 -0500
  • Congressional endorsements roll in as Iowa caucus nears

    Weeks before the Iowa caucuses, members of Congress delivered endorsements to Democratic presidential hopefuls hoping to parlay the support into momentum ahead of the first votes. The endorsements not only provide helpful surrogates on the campaign trail, they also draw attention to the strengths of the candidates, who continue to vie in a field of 13 people hoping to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020. Billionaire Mike Bloomberg, whose long-shot campaign has been gaining traction in the polls, picked up two congressional endorsements on Friday.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:50:26 -0500
  • Iran Supreme Leader Ayatalloh Ali Khamenei says attack against US military base was a “strike at America’s track record as a superpower"

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    Iran's Supreme Leader, who was leading prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years, used the occasion to praise the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force and its former commander General Qassem Soleimani, a close ally who was killed earlier this month in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad airport.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:40:00 -0500
  • 'You have not seen anything yet,' climate activist Greta says ahead Davos

    Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and a crowd of some 10,000 protesters marched in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday before many of them head to Davos next week to challenge political and business leaders to combat the climate crisis. "So, we are now in a new year and we have entered a new decade and so far, during this decade, we have seen no sign whatsoever that real climate action is coming and that has to change,” Thunberg said in a speech in Lausanne. Hundreds of campaigners will take trains over the weekend and then march to Klosters near Davos, which Thunberg is attending for the second year in a row and will take part in two panel events.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:34:44 -0500
  • Mexican autoparts firms eye fast lane after U.S. backs trade deal

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    Mexican auto parts manufacturers with clients across North America expect a record year after U.S. approval of a trade deal mandating higher regional inputs, but the new rules pose a bigger challenge to carmakers. After months of wrangling, U.S. lawmakers on Thursday ratified the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), brokered at the behest of President Donald Trump to replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The accord, which Canada's parliament is expected to approve soon, requires automakers to use more local inputs for their cars to qualify for tariff-free trade within North America.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:33:10 -0500
  • Jonas Brothers hilariously woo their wives in new 'What A Man Gotta Do' music video

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    The youngest Jonas brother saunters toward wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who tries and fails to hold back a laugh. The scene pans to Joe Jonas and wife Sophie Turner throwing it back to "Grease" as the two compete in a "rock till you drop" dance contest.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:30:00 -0500
  • Prominent lawyers Starr, Dershowitz join Trump impeachment team

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    President Donald Trump is bringing in high-profile legal firepower to help defend him in his Senate impeachment trial with the addition on Friday of former independent counsel Ken Starr, who paved the way for Democratic President Bill Clinton's 1998 impeachment, and prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz. The team defending the Republican president will be led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump private attorney Jay Sekulow, Trump's legal team and a source said.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:28:16 -0500
  • GRAPHIC -Wall Street's trillion-dollar club dwarfs Europe Inc

    With Google parent Alphabet becoming the latest entrant to Wall Street's trillion-dollar club, Europe's blue-chip companies are dwarfed by comparison -- the most valuable firm from the "old continent", Nestle, is worth just a third of that. Alphabet surged past the $1 trillion mark late on Thursday, joining Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, which had breached that level in 2018 before giving up some of those gains. Add Facebook (current worth: $630 billion) and you get a group with a combined market cap of $5.2 trillion, more than the combined $4.6 trillion value of the STOXX 50 European index.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:27:18 -0500
  • Davos diplomacy likely between India, Malaysia amid palm row- official

    KUALA LUMPUR/NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Trade ministers from India and Malaysia are likely to meet on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos next week amid a palm oil spat between the two countries, a Malaysian government spokesman told Reuters on Friday. India's Hindu nationalist government has repeatedly objected to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking out against recent policies which critics say discriminate against Muslims. Malaysia, a Muslim-majority nation, is the second biggest producer and exporter of palm oil and India's restrictions on the refined variety of the commodity imposed last week has been seen as a retaliation for Mahathir's criticism of New Delhi's actions.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:26:44 -0500
  • US STOCKS-Strong data, earnings drive Wall Street to new highs

    U.S. stock indexes edged higher to hit fresh record highs on Friday on optimism over corporate earnings, economic data and indications of resilience in a Chinese economy battered by a prolonged trade war with the United States. "There's a lot of enthusiasm out there and it is a combination of earnings and strong data that is supporting the market," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in New York.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:22:12 -0500
  • Spain's Balearic Isles crack down on pub crawls, happy hours

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    Authorities in Spain's tourist-magnet Balearic Islands are clamping down on binge-drinking tourism in three hot spots, introducing what they claim is the first law of its kind in Europe. The regulation bans alcohol-selling machines, and shops selling alcohol must close between 2030 GMT and 0700 GMT in the areas.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:21:28 -0500
  • Morales' party names candidates for upcoming Bolivia elections

    A former foreign minister and a coca farmer will be the candidates for president and vice president for exiled Bolivian President Evo Morales' political party in the May elections in the South American country, officials said on Friday. Former Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca, an Aymara indian, will be the presidential candidate for the Movement to Socialism (MAS) party in the vote, which will serve as a re-run of a disputed October election. Coca farmer Andronico Rodriguez will join the ticket as the vice presidential candidate, MAS official and union leader Theodore Mamani confirmed to Reuters.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:15:42 -0500
  • Take Five: A week in central banking

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    Geopolitics overshadowed monetary policy for the first time in many months in early January. Rate-setters in many countries are about to hold their first policy meetings of 2020 - in Japan on Monday and Tuesday, Canada on Wednesday, Norway and the euro zone on Thursday. Japan, Canada, Norway and the European Central Bank (ECB) are not expected to make any changes, while it is unlikely China will act again so soon after its early-January reserve ratio cut for banks.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:01:12 -0500
  • FEATURE-Lipstick to learning: Canada's indigenous women using businesses to end violence

    The dream in 2015 prompted her to set up Cheekbone Beauty from her kitchen, a cosmetics brand with products named after successful North American indigenous women that gives 10% of profits to a fund to help educate children on reserves. Harper is one of a rising number of indigenous women in Canada setting up businesses that aim to have a positive social impact, with many focused on aboriginal women who have faced shocking levels of violence for decades. "I am using lipstick as a platform to raise awareness about what is still happening to indigenous young people," Harper, 43, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview, wearing a hot pink lipstick from her Warrior Women range.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:51:10 -0500
  • Polish Senate rejects government's judicial reform bill

    Poland's opposition-dominated Senate on Friday rejected a new law that would allow judges who criticise the government's judicial reforms to be disciplined. With Poland and the European Union at loggerheads over the reforms, the opposition is trying to use its control of the Senate to highlight a dispute that some say throws Poland's membership of the bloc into question. The 100-member Senate voted by 51 to 48 to reject the law.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:50:50 -0500
  • Binge drinking is on the rise: What to know about the risks

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    The number of drinks Americans are consuming per bingeing episode has increased dramatically, according to a new study. The annual number of binge drinks among adults who reported binge drinking jumped on average from 472 in 2011 to 529 in 2017, a 12% increase, according to the study published Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:48:00 -0500
  • An ISIS preacher captured in Iraq was apparently so overweight that police had to take him away in the back of a pickup truck

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    Shifa al-Nima was captured in the Mansour neighborhood of Mosul by the Nineveh police command, according to Iraqi police.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:36:48 -0500
  • Kremlin critic calls for protest against Putin's constitutional reforms

    An opposition politician in Moscow urged Russians on Friday to take to the streets this weekend to protest against sweeping constitutional reforms floated by President Vladimir Putin. The proposed reforms, which triggered the resignation of the prime minister and government, are widely seen as giving Putin, 67, scope to extend his grip on power once he leaves the presidency in 2024. Describing the changes as akin to a "state coup", Yulia Galyamina, a Moscow city councillor, urged residents to speak out by joining a rally on Sunday that was already due to be held to mark the murder of a journalist and lawyer 11 years ago.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:26:14 -0500
  • Cambodia enlists tuk-tuk drivers in fight against trafficking

    Thousands of tuk-tuk drivers in Cambodia are to join the fight against human trafficking under a plan by the ride-hailing app Grab to train drivers to spot and report signs of exploitation. Grab said on Friday it would provide training for 10,000 drivers in the capital Phnom Penh this month, as it launches a programme it plans eventually to extend to millions of its drivers in Asia. "We recognize that taxi and tuk-tuk drivers can unknowingly be the first point of contact for traffickers and victims, especially at airports, bus terminals or train stations," said Hashim Alkaff, head of Grab Cambodia.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:24:17 -0500
  • U.S. manufacturing output rises unexpectedly

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    U.S. manufacturing output rose unexpectedly in December as a drop in motor vehicle output was outpaced by increases in production of other durable goods, food and beverages, and other products. The Federal Reserve said on Friday that manufacturing production rose 0.2% last month after a downwardly revised 1.0% increase in November. Overall industrial output fell 0.3% in December after a downwardly revised increase of 0.8% in November.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:22:22 -0500
  • Alaska company takes pizza to new heights with air delivery

    An Alaska company has taken pizza to new heights by providing airplane deliveries around the state. Papa Murphy’s in Anchorage flies hundreds of miles to deliver about 150 pizzas each week, Alaska Public Media reported Thursday. Owner Tyler Williams said the shop offers assembled pizzas for its Anchorage customers to take home to bake.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:22:03 -0500
  • US STOCKS-Wall Street set for new highs on strong data, earnings

    U.S. stock indexes were set to scale fresh record highs on Friday, on optimism over corporate earnings, fresh economic data and indications of resilience in a Chinese economy battered by a prolonged trade war with the United States. The three main stock indexes closed at record highs on Thursday, with the S&P 500 surging past the 3,300-mark for the first time, also boosted by a rally in technology stocks and strong U.S. retail sales data.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:15:22 -0500
  • Japan, U.S. hail security pact which Trump branded unfair

    Japan and the United States on Friday lauded the decades-old security treaty that is the bedrock of their alliance, but which U.S. President Donald Trump has criticised as "unfair" and imbalanced. The comments from the two countries' top diplomatic officials marked the 60th anniversary of the current treaty, which was first signed in 1951 and revised in 1960 under Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's grandfather, then-premier Nobusuke Kishi. "While honoring the achievements of the past 60 years, we reiterate our unshakeable commitment to strengthen the Alliance and to uphold our common values and principles towards the future," said a joint statement by Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Taro Kono, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Mark Secretary Esper.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:11:58 -0500
  • Couple who helped police rescue kidnapped girl speak out: 'We just had a gut feeling'

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    Benny Correa and his wife Amanda Disley were driving home from dinner with their family on Wednesday night when they spotted a familiar-looking car on the road near Brimfield, Massachusetts. A dark blue Honda Civic with tinted windows and distinctive wheel rims had crossed in front of their vehicle and the couple immediately recognized it as the one authorities were searching for in the abduction of 11-year-old Charlotte Moccia. A knife-wielding man had allegedly grabbed the girl and forced her into his car earlier that day, just after she got off the school bus in Springfield, about 30 miles west of Brimfield.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:08:00 -0500
  • WRAPUP 1-U.S. housing starts at 13-year high in December; permits ease

    U.S. homebuilding surged to a 13-year high in December as activity increased across the board, suggesting the housing market recovery was back on track amid low mortgage rates, and could help support the longest economic expansion on record. Housing starts jumped 16.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.608 million units last month, the highest level since December 2006. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast housing starts would increase to a pace of 1.375 million units in December.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:01:17 -0500
  • Colombian farmers under pressure from frosts linked to climate change

    Potato farmer Pedro Gomez stared out across rows and rows of ruined potato plants, the usually green foliage brown and withered by heavy frost. Just a few weeks earlier the field, located in Colombia's central Cundinamarca province, was full of healthy plants. "You can see that after the frost it looks as though they have been sprayed with herbicide," Gomez said this week, adding the frost had cost him all his investment in the crop.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:00:00 -0500
  • Bloomberg plan would make all new U.S. cars electric by 2035

    Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg unveiled a plan on Friday to slash greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by making electric vehicles accessible to even low-income families and improving access to public transit. Bloomberg, a media billionaire and former mayor of New York City, has long fought to curb emissions, serving recently as a special envoy to the United Nations on climate action. Other Democratic candidates have included transportation in their climate plans.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:00:00 -0500
  • Iranian chess ref accused of flouting dress code says she won't return home

    An Iranian chess referee who has been accused of violating her country's Islamic dress code while adjudicating a women's tournament said that she does not want to return home from Russia out of fear for her safety. Shohreh Bayat, 32, told Reuters she would not travel back to her homeland unless she was given security guarantees in writing from Iran's chess federation. "I really hope they will provide me something to ensure I will be safe if I come back to Iran," said Bayat, who is in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok as chief referee at the Women's World Chess Championship.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:58:47 -0500
  • Malta police chief quits after criticism over journalist's murder

    Malta's police chief has quit following criticism of his handling of the investigation into the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. New Prime Minister Robert Abela announced Lawrence Cutajar's resignation as police commissioner at a news conference on Friday, four days after he took office with a pledge to strengthen the rule of law on the Mediterranean island. "In his resignation letter, Mr Cutajar wrote that the appointment of a new prime minister demanded change so that necessary reforms to the (police) force could start taking place," Abela said, praising Cutajar for his work.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:58:33 -0500
  • Burundi's mass graves reopen old wounds

    Twenty-six years ago, Prosper saw Burundian soldiers take away his brother and nephew. Neighbours told him soldiers had also discovered his mother in a house where she had been hiding. This week, the government opened a mass grave in his neighbourhood.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:54:21 -0500
  • U.S. housing starts at 13-year high in December; permits ease

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    U.S. homebuilding surged to a 13-year high in December as activity increased across the board, suggesting the housing market recovery was back on track amid low mortgage rates, and could help support the longest economic expansion on record. Housing starts jumped 16.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.608 million units last month, the highest level since December 2006. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast housing starts would increase to a pace of 1.375 million units in December.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:40:25 -0500
  • Man charged with beating driver of school bus full of kids

    A bus driver in North Carolina was transporting kids to school when her ex-boyfriend boarded the vehicle and began beating the woman, who managed to keep her foot on the brake even after being knocked to the floor, police said. The Scotland County Schools driver had stopped to pick up students along her morning route Tuesday in Laurinburg when 46-year-old Kenneth Latrel Revels boarded unexpectedly, the Laurinburg Police Department said in a statement. Revels is wanted on charges of violating a domestic violence protection order, assault on a female, assault on a school employee, disorderly conduct on a school bus, entering a school bus unlawfully, breaking or entering a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and assault with a deadly weapon in the presence of minors.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:38:00 -0500
  • Couple: Instinct kicked in when they spotted wanted car

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    A couple said Friday that their fight-or-flight instinct kicked in when they spotted a car wanted in the abduction of a girl after she got off a school bus in Massachusetts. Appearing on ABC's “Good Morning America,” spouses Benny Correa and Amanda Disley described recognizing the vehicle sought in an Amber Alert in the abduction Wednesday of 11-year-old Charlotte Moccia. The couple said they were out getting dinner with their five children when the blue car drove by.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:29:50 -0500
  • Ashes to bricks: Philippine city helps others rebuild after volcano

    A Philippine city shrouded in ash from the nearby Taal volcano has turned adversity into an opportunity to help neighbouring towns hit by the natural disaster. The mayor of Biñan has ordered residents to collect ash blanketing homes, cars and roads and put it in sacks to be sent to a state-owned factory and turned into bricks. The facility can produce up to 5,000 bricks a day which will be used to rebuild schools damaged since Taal, one of the Philippines' most active and deadliest volcanoes, began spewing massive clouds of ash, steam and gas on Sunday.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:20:47 -0500
  • North Dakota woman charged with leaving 6 kids with dead man

    A North Dakota woman has been charged with felony child neglect after she was accused of leaving six children with the body of an acquaintance who overdosed. Amber Barrett of Fargo also is charged with a misdemeanor count of failing to report a death. Documents filed in Cass County District Court said police were called on Nov. 16 to a home on a report of an unresponsive man.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:05:24 -0500
  • Strong data, earnings drive Wall Street to new highs

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    "There's a lot of enthusiasm out there and it is a combination of earnings and strong data that is supporting the market," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities in New York.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:03:19 -0500
  • REFILE-US STOCKS-China data boosts Wall Street futures to new record highs

    U.S. stock index futures hit new all-time highs on Friday, with investor optimism bolstered by an upbeat set of U.S. corporate earnings reports and indications of resilience in the Chinese economy. Optimism over a Phase 1 U.S.-China trade deal signed on Wednesday and recent upbeat data have raised hopes that the global economy may be picking up.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:58:11 -0500
  • Art lovers face Louvre lock-out as staff join pension strike

    Tourists were turned away from the Louvre on Friday as striking staff blocked the entrance to the world's most-visited museum. Many visitors had come to see a special exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci which opened in October to mark the 500th anniversary of the Italian master's death. The Louvre workers were joined by other striking civil servants from the culture sector, who were booed by some of the frustrated tourists queuing in the hope of getting in.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:57:40 -0500
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    A second person has died from pneumonia in the central Chinese city of Wuhan following an outbreak believed to be caused by a new coronavirus strain, local health authorities said. U.S. health officials on Thursday reported https://bit.ly/371CYA2 3 more deaths from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total death toll to 60.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:56:50 -0500
  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

    Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. A television series developed for Apple Inc by famed director M. Night Shyamalan blatantly copied a 2013 film, a copyright lawsuit filed on Wednesday claimed.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:56:50 -0500
  • Reuters People News Summary

    Britain's Prince Harry made his first public appearance on Thursday since Queen Elizabeth acceded to the wishes of her grandson and his American wife Meghan to step back from their senior royal roles and seek a more independent future. The prince, sixth-in-line to the throne, watched children playing rugby league in the back garden of Buckingham Palace ahead of making the draw for the sport's World Cup next year. Four men and three women were chosen on Thursday as jurors in the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein, as the judge cautioned against using the case to make a broader statement about the #MeToo movement.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:56:49 -0500
  • Reuters Odd News Summary

    Applications to become Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa's girlfriend have topped 20,000, streaming service AbemaTV said on Thursday, ahead of its documentary on his search for a "life partner" to take on his moon voyage. Maezawa, who will be the first private passenger on Elon Musk's SpaceX, has already generated huge social media buzz with a $9 million giveaway to his followers that secured his position as Japan's foremost Twitter celebrity. Have a cold one, have an "El Chapo" beer.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:56:49 -0500
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    The Pentagon has received a request from within the Trump administration to build roughly 270 miles (435 km) of wall on the border with Mexico and is evaluating its cost and viability, a senior Defense Department official said on Thursday. The disclosure of the request by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sets up another showdown with Democrats in Congress, who oppose President Donald Trump's past diversion of billions of dollars in military spending to bolster security on the border. The best-laid plans of Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders were upended this week – and his campaign is struggling to get back on track.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:56:49 -0500
  • Reuters World News Summary

    Following is a summary of current world news briefs. Chinese President Xi Jinping flew into Myanmar on Friday for two days of talks to shore up massive infrastructure projects in the Southeast Asian nation isolated by the West over its treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority. State counselor Aung San Suu Kyi greeted him with a handshake on the steps of the presidential palace after a ceremonial welcome by the president and a military marching band, on the first day of a two-day visit, Xi's first as leader and the first of any Chinese president in 19 years.

    Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:56:48 -0500
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