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Democrats vow to force vote on net neutrality, make it a campaign issue

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 2:58pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they will force a vote later this year on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's reversal of landmark Obama administration net neutrality rules and will try to make it a key issue in the 2018 congressional elections.

At least six dead in Southern California flooding, mudslides

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 2:53pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At least six people died and thousands fled their homes in Southern California on Tuesday as a powerful rainstorm triggered flash floods and mudslides on slopes where a series of intense wildfires had burned off protective vegetation last month.

U.S. hails Korea talks, despite North's rejection of denuclearization

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 2:21pm
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North and South Korea held their first talks in more than two years on Tuesday and Washington hailed them as a good first step in solving the crisis over the North's nuclear missile program, even though Pyongyang said it would not discuss weapons that were only aimed at the United States.

Trump says he would beat Oprah Winfrey in White House race

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 1:56pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he could beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential race, while one of Winfrey's closest friends said the media mogul and actress was "intrigued" by the possibility of running but was not considering it now.

North Korea tells South it will not discuss nuclear arms in future talks

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:33pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said after its first talks with South Korea in more than two years that it would not discuss its nuclear weapons with Seoul because they were aimed only at the United States, not its "brethren" in South Korea.

Ex-Arizona sheriff Arpaio says he will run for Senate

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:26pm
(Reuters) - Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal immigration and a close ally of President Donald Trump, said on Tuesday he would run for the U.S. Senate to replace retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake.

FBI chief calls unbreakable encryption 'urgent public safety issue'

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:22pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an "urgent public safety issue," FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday as he sought to renew a contentious debate over privacy and security.

Flooding, mudslides force thousands to evacuate in Southern California

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:19pm
(Reuters) - Thousands of people fled their homes in Southern California on Tuesday as a powerful overnight rainstorm sparked flash floods and mudslides after a series of intense wildfires burned off protective vegetation last month.

Microsoft says security patches slowing down PCs, servers

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:12pm
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday the patches released to guard against Meltdown and Spectre security threats slowed down some personal computers and servers, with systems running on older Intel Corp processors seeing a noticeable decrease in performance.

Trump says he could beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential race

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he could beat media mogul Oprah Winfrey in a presidential contest but said he did not think the actress and talk show host would run.

Trump urges lawmakers to tackle bipartisan immigration reform

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:02am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated his demands for immigration reform during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday, saying any bill to address young immigrants brought to the United States illegally must also provide a border wall.

OPEC's cheer over 2018 oil rally tinged by shale worries

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:44am
DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Oil's price rally this year to its highest since May 2015 may seem a source of glee for OPEC, but some in the producer group fear the gains could prompt shale companies to crank open their spigots and flood the market.

Wall Street hits new record at open on healthcare, bank gains

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 9:00am
(Reuters) - Wall Street rose to fresh high at open on Tuesday, with gains for healthcare and bank stocks extending the new year rally that is powered by expectations of strong quarterly earnings.

North Korea says it will not discuss nuclear arms in talks with South

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:51am
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Tuesday it would not discuss its nuclear weapons in coming talks with Seoul because they were aimed only at the United States, not its "brethren" in South Korea.

Oil rises above $68 to highest since May 2015 on tighter market

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 8:27am
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil rose further above $68 a barrel on Tuesday, touching its highest since May 2015, supported by OPEC-led production cuts and expectations U.S. crude inventories fell for an eighth week.

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system: Khamenei

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 7:51am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday.

Bill Clinton joins calls for release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 7:18am
YANGON (Reuters) - Calls grew on Tuesday for the release of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar facing accusations of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton urging that they be freed immediately.

North Korea to send team to Winter Games, South to consider easing bans after talks

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 6:15am
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said during rare talks with the South on Tuesday it would send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month and Seoul said it was prepared to lift some sanctions temporarily so the visit could take place.

East China Sea oil tanker burns for third day as winds, high waves lash rescuers

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 5:35am
BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - Strong winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to locate missing sailors from a stricken oil tanker in the East China Sea and to extinguish a fire that has burned for the past three days on the ship.

Talks with rebels in no-man's land as Russia eyes post-war role in Syria

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 5:07am
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels under siege near Damascus have resorted to talks with the government's ally Russia, sometimes meeting in no-man's land, as they seek to hang on to their enclave.