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Twenty-one hours and counting: German coalition talks drag on

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:27pm
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) worked through the night on Thursday to resolve differences on taxes, migration and other issues blocking formation of a new "grand coalition" government.

Trump to extend Iran sanctions relief, keeping nuclear deal intact: source

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:32pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will extend sanctions relief granted to Iran under its 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, leaving the accord intact for now, according to a person familiar with the decision.

Facebook to emphasize friends, not news, in series of changes

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 9:05pm
SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday began to change the way it filters posts and videos on its centerpiece News Feed, the start of what Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said would be a series of changes in the design of the world's largest social network.

Rescuers 'searching for a miracle' in California mudslide zone

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 8:40pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescuers picking through waist-deep mud on Thursday, two days after a massive mudslide killed at least 17 people along Southern California's coast, said they feared more bodies may be found but still held out hope for "miracle" survivors.

Trump questions taking immigrants from 'shithole countries': sources

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 5:57pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as "shithole countries," according to two sources familiar with the comments.

Korea talks ease war fears in Washington, but for how long?

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 5:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Talks between North and South Korea ahead of next month's Winter Olympics have eased fears of war over Pyongyang's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States - at least for now.

California mudslide's victims include three-year-old, octogenarians

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 5:23pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - The mudslides that tore through a coastal Southern California area this week claimed the lives of children as young as 3 and senior citizens as old as 89, officials said on Thursday, while rescue crews continued to search for eight people believed missing.

'A mad scramble': How Trump tweet on Pakistan blindsided U.S. officials

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 5:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A surprise New Year's Day tweet by President Donald Trump in which he appeared to decree an end to U.S. aid for Pakistan, sent U.S. officials scrambling to suspend security assistance without even knowing how much aid they were freezing, four U.S. officials said.

California mudslide's death toll includes mother, school founder

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 3:34pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Rescue workers on Thursday searched for eight people missing after mudslides that ripped through a coastal Southern California community, as the identities of some of the 17 who died in Tuesday's disaster began trickling out.

Wall St. rises with oil prices, earnings optimism

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 3:34pm
(Reuters) - Wall Street closed at record highs on Thursday as rising oil prices lifted energy stocks and investors bet on a strong U.S. corporate earnings season.

Trump administration to let states adopt Medicaid work requirements

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 3:33pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration told U.S. states on Thursday they can for the first time move toward imposing work or job training requirements on people as a condition for obtaining health insurance under the Medicaid government program for the poor.

House passes NSA spying bill after Trump tweets cause confusion

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 3:17pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, overcoming objections from privacy advocates and confusion prompted by morning tweets from President Donald Trump that initially questioned the spying tool.

Walmart hikes minimum wage, announces layoffs on same day

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 3:12pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart will raise entry-level wages for U.S. hourly employees to $11 an hour in February as it benefits from last month's major overhaul of the U.S. tax code and competes for low wage workers in a tight labor market.

Bipartisan Senate group crafts 'Dreamer' immigration plan

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 3:02pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday reached a tentative agreement on legislation to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation, along with other immigration policy changes, and is attempting to build support for the deal in Congress.

Ford urges 2,900 pickup owners to stop driving after new Takata death

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 2:48pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it had confirmed a second death in an older pickup truck caused by a defective airbag inflator of Takata Corp and urged 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving immediately until they can get replacement parts.

Senators from 12 states seek offshore drilling exemptions like Florida's

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 2:39pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-two Democratic U.S. senators from 12 states on Thursday joined the chorus of local representatives seeking exemptions from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's newly proposed offshore drilling plan, after his surprise move on Tuesday to shield Florida.

Bannon to appear before Congress committee for Russia probe

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 2:26pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will be interviewed next week by a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Delta sees double benefit from tax cut, shares rise

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:29pm
(Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc is anticipating a double benefit from the U.S. corporate tax cut this year as it saves money on its own bill and expects an uptick in business travel as companies use tax savings to invest in generating new business.

Wall Street hits record as oil, industrial stocks gain

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:25pm
(Reuters) - Wall Street surged to fresh highs on Thursday as rising oil prices lifted energy stocks and upbeat forecast from No. 2 U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines drove airline stocks higher.

California rescuers keep up search for missing in deadly mudslide

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 11:13am
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Southern California rescue workers using dogs and scanners searched for eight people feared lost in the wreckage of this week's deadly mudslides, which struck along the state's picturesque coastal communities, according to officials.