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Justice Dept launches new Clinton Foundation probe: The Hill

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 9:04pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation conducted "pay-to-play" politics or other illegal activities during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, The Hill reported on Thursday, citing law enforcement officials and a witness.

North Korea accepts January 9 talks offer from South Korea

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 8:56pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea will hold official talks next week for the first time in more than two years after Pyongyang accepted Seoul's offer for dialogue, just hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a joint military exercise.

U.S. suspends security aid to Pakistan over militant groups

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 8:41pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it was suspending an undisclosed amount of security assistance to Pakistan, which two officials said was worth more than $255 million, until Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.

Apple to issue fix for iPhones, Macs at risk from 'Spectre' chip flaw

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 8:35pm
(Reuters) - Apple Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers.

National Guard responds to blizzard pounding U.S. Northeast

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 7:17pm
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A powerful blizzard battered the U.S. Northeast on Thursday, knocking out power for tens of thousands of people and snarling travel amid a cold snap that has gripped much of the United States for over a week and killed more than a dozen people.

Trump administration aims to open nearly all U.S. offshore to oil drilling

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 6:22pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, a move aimed at boosting domestic energy production that sparked protests from coastal states, environmentalists and the tourism industry.

Trump administration drops Obama-era easing of marijuana prosecutions

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 5:54pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday rescinded an Obama administration policy that had eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that legalized the drug, instead giving federal prosecutors wide latitude to pursue criminal charges.

Sears Holdings to close 103 Kmart and Sears stores

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 2:43pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp said on Thursday it was shuttering 103 unprofitable Kmart and Sears stores as it continues to assess the viability of its operations.

Trump targets book, threatens ex-ally Bannon with legal action

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 2:38pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer said on Thursday he would try to stop publication of a book that portrays an inept president in a fumbling White House and threatened legal action against former top aide Steve Bannon over "defamatory" comments in the book.

Blizzard wallops U.S. Northeast, knocks out power, snarls travel

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 2:37pm
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A powerful blizzard battered the Northeast on Thursday, knocking out power for tens of thousands of people and snarling travel amid a long cold snap that has gripped much of the United States for more than a week and killed more than a dozen people.

Trump credits his firmness for potential Korea talks, signals Olympic concession

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 1:16pm
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called potential talks between North and South Korea "a good thing" and agreed with South Korea there would be no joint military drills, which North Korea bitterly opposes, during next month's Winter Olympics.

Blast hits police in Afghan capital Kabul, dozens of casualties

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 1:10pm
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber in the Afghan capital caused dozens of casualties on Thursday after blowing himself up close to a group of security personnel who were carrying out an operation against illegal drugs and alcohol dealing, officials said.

How a researcher hacked his own computer and found 'worst' chip flaw

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:41pm
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Daniel Gruss didn't sleep much the night he hacked his own computer and exposed a flaw in most of the chips made in the past two decades by hardware giant Intel Corp.

Republicans keep control of Virginia state House after tie-breaker

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:19pm
RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Republicans appeared to maintain control of Virginia's House of Delegates on Thursday after their candidate won a dramatic, lottery-style drawing to resolve a tied race, but the losing Democrat said she might challenge the results.

Powerful blizzard hammers U.S. Northeast, snarling travel

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 12:10pm
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - High winds and heavy snow barreled into the U.S. Northeast on Thursday, shutting schools and government offices, leaving tens of thousands without power and snarling travel as New York's JFK Airport halted flights due to whiteout conditions.

Trump administration rule would let more Americans drop Obamacare

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:54am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rule to allow Americans who are self-employed or work for small businesses to buy health insurance that does not comply with all Obamacare requirements in an effort to unwind the 2010 healthcare law.

Trump hails potential Korea talks, credits his firm stance

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:54am
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday called potential talks between North and South Korea "a good thing" and the South Korean presidency said he had agreed there would be no military drills with South Korea during next month's Winter Olympics.

At least 20 killed, wounded in Kabul attack: official

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:50am
KABUL (Reuters) - At least 20 people were killed and wounded in a suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

Trump administration rescinds Obama-era marijuana enforcement policy

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:47am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday rescinded an Obama administration policy that had eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized the drug, instead giving federal prosecutors wide latitude on pursuing criminal charges.

Warren Buffett proclaims optimism for America's financial future

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:18am
(Reuters) - Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor renowned for his preternatural optimism for America and its citizens' well-being, on Thursday encouraged those worried about the economic prospects for themselves and their children to shed their fears.

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