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Risky House healthcare vote to test Trump's negotiating skills

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 6:11am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday faces the first concrete test of how well the deal-making skills he honed in his real estate business will translate on Capitol Hill in a high-stakes vote on new Republican health care legislation.

London attacker Khalid Masood was a 52-year-old criminal with militant links

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 6:10am
BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Before he killed at least four people in Britain's deadliest attack since the 2005 London bombings, Khalid Masood was considered by intelligence officers to be a criminal who posed little serious threat.

Exclusive: Trump to approve Keystone XL at meeting with TransCanada CEO - official

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 6:07am
(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will announce the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline at the White House on Friday, alongside the chief executive officer of builder TransCanada Corp, according to a senior administration official.

Poll finds unprecedented uncertainty among French voters before presidential election

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 3:32am
PARIS (Reuters) - A month before the first round of France's presidential election, 43 percent of voters are hesitant about who to vote for, a poll said on Friday, underlining the uncertainty surrounding the volatile election campaign.

Chicago police officer charged with 16 new counts in shooting case: media

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 1:45am
(Reuters) - A white Chicago police officer accused of murder in the shooting death of a black teenager was charged on Thursday with 16 new counts of aggravated battery, in a case that sparked national debate over police use of force against minorities.

All drill, no frack: U.S. shale leaves thousands of wells unfinished

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:22am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. shale producers are drilling at the highest rate in 18 months but have left a record number of wells unfinished in the largest oilfield in the country – a sign that output may not rise as swiftly as drilling activity would indicate.

How a border tax could divide Boeing and its suppliers

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:14am
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A U.S. tax overhaul proposed by Republican leaders in Congress would deepen divisions between big manufacturers like Boeing Co and the thousands of smaller companies that supply them, according to suppliers and tax and trade experts.

BOJ's Kuroda says won't raise bond yield targets now

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:27pm
TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday he does not expect the central bank to raise its bond yield targets now, and will look at underlying trend inflation in guiding monetary policy.

YouTube's bid to grab TV dollars imperiled by advertiser revolt

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:14pm
(Reuters) - The decision by a handful of high-profile consumer brands to pull advertising from Google’s YouTube over offensive content could threaten the site’s long-term strategy of stealing ad dollars from television, analysts and ad industry professionals said Thursday.

Twitter explores subscription-based option for first time

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 8:33pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface aimed at professionals, the company said on Thursday, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time.

Trump's auto review may only slow march to better fuel efficiency

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 6:24pm
DETROIT (Reuters) - When U.S. President Donald Trump announced a review last week of tough Obama-era vehicle emissions and fuel-efficiency standards, he proclaimed that the "assault on the American auto industry is over."

U.S. senators set bipartisan bill to tighten sanctions on Iran

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:52pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran would face tighter U.S. sanctions over ballistic missile launches and other non-nuclear activities under a bill announced on Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators, echoing a harder line on Tehran espoused by Republican President Donald Trump.

Senate confirms Trump nominee to be Israel envoy

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:56pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, an outspoken bankruptcy lawyer aligned with the Israeli right.

Exclusive: Saudi exports to U.S. to fall by 300,000 barrels per day in March - official

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:43pm
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's crude exports to the United States in March will fall by around 300,000 barrels per day from February, in line with OPEC's agreement to reduce supply, a Saudi energy ministry official said on Thursday.

Republican Nunes apologizes over handling of Trump surveillance claim

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee apologized on Thursday for the way he handled sensitive allegations about U.S. spy agency surveillance of President Donald Trump's team.

State Dept. to approve Keystone pipeline permit: Politico

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department will approve by Monday the permit needed to proceed with construction of the Canada-to-United States Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project blocked by former President Barack Obama, according to Politico.

Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents: U.S. general

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 11:32am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern Afghanistan.

U.S.-Israeli teen arrested in Israel over bomb threats to Jewish centers

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:00am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A man was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of hoax bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, Australia and New Zealand over the past three months, police said on Thursday.

Jobless claims unexpectedly rise; labor market still strong

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:59am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but remained below a level associated with a strengthening labor market.

Uncertain fate of Obamacare causes some hospitals to halt projects, hiring

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 7:46am
(Reuters) - Uncertainty surrounding the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing some U.S. hospitals to delay expansion plans, cut costs, or take on added risk to borrow money for capital investment projects, dealing an economic blow to these facilities and the towns they call home.

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