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South Carolina sues OxyContin maker Purdue over opioid marketing

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:47am
(Reuters) - South Carolina sued Purdue Pharma LP on Tuesday, becoming the latest state or local government to accuse the OxyContin maker of deceptive marketing practices that have contributed to a national opioid addiction epidemic.

Uber settles U.S. allegations over privacy, security: FTC

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:46am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Tuesday that Uber Technologies Inc agreed to do more to protect the privacy of customer and driver data in settling allegations that the ride-hailing company had made deceptive privacy and data security claims.

Republicans on track for tax reform this year: lawmaker

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 8:25am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee said on Tuesday Republicans are on track to pass tax reform this year and, unlike with healthcare, are united around a common plan even as the details are still being hammered out.

Amazon opens 'Instant Pickup' points in U.S. brick-and-mortar push

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 8:04am
BERKELEY, Ca (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is rolling out pickup points in the United States where shoppers can retrieve items immediately after ordering them, shortening delivery times from hours to minutes, the company said on Tuesday.

Trump's popularity faces test in Alabama's Senate race

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 7:51am
(Reuters) - Voters in Alabama head to the polls on Tuesday to choose Republican and Democratic nominees for a U.S. Senate seat, in a race that has been dominated by debate over President Donald Trump.

Taliban urge Trump to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 7:44am
KABUL (Reuters) - The United States should withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan and stop listening to "stooges" in Kabul, the Taliban warned in an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Tech companies urge U.S. Supreme Court to boost cellphone privacy

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 7:36am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than a dozen high technology companies and the biggest wireless operator in the United States, Verizon Communications Inc , have called on the U.S. Supreme Court to make it harder for government officials to access individuals' sensitive cellphone data.

U.S. sanctions hit Russian hopes of a 'Trump bump' for investment

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 5:39am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - New U.S. sanctions on Moscow have forced Russian business chiefs to accept that Donald Trump's rise to power is not about to produce a "Trump Bump" in foreign investment.

Undeterred, U.S. cities ramp up removal of Confederate statues

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 5:09am
(Reuters) - Undeterred by the violence over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, municipal leaders in cities across the United States said they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces.

Trump faces business backlash over handling of Charlottesville upheaval

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 5:07am
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, facing a mounting political furor and backlash from business leaders, has explicitly condemned neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists two days after a rally by hate groups in Virginia turned deadly.

Philippines says China has agreed no new expansion in South China Sea

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:49am
MANILA (Reuters) - China has assured the Philippines it will not occupy new features or territory in the South China Sea, under a new status quo brokered by Manila as both sides try to strengthen their relations, the Philippine defense minister said.

270 bodies recovered from Sierra Leone mudslide: mayor

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:35am
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Rescue workers have recovered 270 bodies so far from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown and the search continues for more, the mayor said on Tuesday.

Britain asks for interim customs deal with EU, new trade deals post-Brexit

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:58am
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has said it wants an interim customs agreement with the European Union after Brexit to allow the freest possible trade of goods, but that it will also seek the right to negotiate other trade deals -- a possible sticking point in the talks.

Iran could quit nuclear deal in 'hours' if new U.S. sanctions imposed: Rouhani

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:27am
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

Japan PM sends ritual offering to war dead shrine on WW2 surrender anniversary

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:09am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to a controversial shrine to war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, but did not visit in person in an apparent effort to avoid increasing regional tensions.

China says it will defend interests if U.S. harms trade ties

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:09pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will take action to defend its interests if the United States damages trade ties, the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday, after U.S. President Donald Trump authorized an inquiry into China's alleged theft of intellectual property.

Taylor Swift wins groping trial against DJ, awarded symbolic $1

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 9:29pm
DENVER (Reuters) - Taylor Swift won her trial against a Colorado radio personality on Monday after a jury found that the former DJ assaulted and battered the pop star by groping her bare bottom, and awarded her the symbolic $1 in damages she had sought.

More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone as mudslide sweeps away homes

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 8:21pm
FREETOWN, (Reuters) - A mudslide killed more than 200 people on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes and leaving residents desperate for news of missing family members.

Tech companies in the crosshairs on white supremacy and free speech

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 8:18pm
TORONTO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer had its internet domain registration revoked twice in less than 24 hours in the wake of the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, part of a broad move by the tech industry in recent months to take a stronger hand in policing online hate-speech and incitements to violence.

Trump to sign executive order Tuesday on infrastructure projects

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 7:53pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday "establishing discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects," the White House said in a statement on Monday.

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