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China to boost non-fossil fuel use to 20 percent by 2030: state planner

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 3:43am
BEIJING (Reuters) - China aims for non-fossil fuels to account for about 20 percent of total energy consumption by 2030, increasing to more than half of demand by 2050, its state planner said on Tuesday, as Beijing continues its years-long shift away from coal power.

Waymo testing self-driving car ride service in Arizona

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 2:12am
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Waymo autonomous vehicle group will begin testing a self-driving car program for hundreds of families in Phoenix, Arizona and is buying 500 Chrysler minivans to do so, the companies said on Tuesday.

Government costs could rise $2.3 billion without Obamacare payments: study

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 2:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's costs could increase by $2.3 billion in 2018 if Congress and President Donald Trump decide not to fund Obamacare-related payments to health insurers, according to a study released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Iraqi forces using siege and stealth to evict Islamic State from Mosul

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 1:54am
MOSUL, Iraq, (Reuters) - Iraqi forces are using siege and stealth tactics to drive Islamic State militants out of Mosul's Old City, an Iraqi general said, as his forces sought to minimize casualties among hundreds of thousands of people trapped in the cramped, historic neighborhood.

East Coast refiners eye Texas oil as North Dakota alternative

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:13am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. East Coast refiners are looking to buy increasing volumes of domestic crude oil from the Gulf Coast, two sources said, the latest twist in a trade flow upheaval in the wake of the opening of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Not an inside job: How two analysts became SEC whistleblowers

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:05am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years ago, two analysts who liked to swap notes on numbers they thought looked odd took a fateful step and tipped off U.S. regulators about a company that one of them had watched for months.

For Wells Fargo directors, narrow wins may not be enough

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:19pm
(Reuters) - A shareholder vote scheduled for Tuesday could throw Wells Fargo & Co's leadership into question if many directors, criticized for their slow response to the bank's phony-account scandal, fail to win solid majorities.

Senate gives limited resources to Russia election-meddling probe

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:03pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate's main investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is equipped with a much smaller staff than previous high-profile intelligence and scandal probes in Congress, which could potentially affect its progress, according to sources and a Reuters review of public records.

State Department website posts article on Trump's Florida resort

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 6:09pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. State Department website on Monday took down an article it published this month about President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort which had prompted criticism from prominent ethics experts that the piece represented use of public office for private gain.

Senate confirms Trump's agriculture secretary

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 5:21pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture, leaving all but one of President Donald Trump's Cabinet positions filled.

Obama makes no mention of Trump in first major post-presidential appearance

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:26pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Barack Obama, making his first major appearance since leaving the White House, made no mention on Monday of his successor, Donald Trump, but urged young people to get more involved in their communities at a time of stark political divides.

Trump-backed Navy expansion would boost costs some $400 billion over 30 years: study

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:14pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Expanding the U.S. Navy to 355 ships as recommended by military leaders and backed by President Donald Trump would cost some $400 billion more over the next 30 years than the currently planned 308-ship fleet, according to a study released on Monday.

Up in Smoke: Marijuana activists cuffed after lighting up at U.S. Capital

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 3:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two dozen red-hatted protesters gathered on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Monday to call for easing federal marijuana laws, but police snuffed out the party by arresting four of them after they lit up joints.

Trump tax push raises questions about scope of his 'reform'

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 3:31pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's zeal to unveil a tax plan before his 100th day in office is raising questions about just how thorough his "tax reform" plans will be, amid signals that his focus for now is on slashing tax rates.

U.S. sanctions hundreds of employees of Syrian research center

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 3:10pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday blacklisted 271 employees of a Syrian government agency it said was responsible for developing chemical weapons, weeks after a poison gas attack killed scores of people in a rebel-held province in Syria.

UC Berkeley sued over Ann Coulter's planned visit

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:45pm
(Reuters) - Two groups that invited conservative commentator Ann Coulter to speak at the University of California at Berkeley sued school officials on Monday, saying the school's decision to postpone her appearance violated their free speech rights.

Trump urges U.N. reform to make U.S. investment worthwhile

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:15pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump complained on Monday that the United States is shouldering an unfair burden of the cost of the United Nations, but said if the world body reforms how it operates, the investment would be worth it.

Congress returns as Trump pressures Democrats ahead of funding deadline

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 5:08am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a deadline looming this week to avert a U.S. government shutdown, Congress returns to work on Monday as President Donald Trump leans on Democrats to include funding for his promised border wall with Mexico in spending legislation.

China clamps down on excess steel as Japan decries Trump 'protectionism'

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:04am
MANILA/BEIJING (Reuters) - Twenty-nine Chinese steel firms have had their licenses revoked as Beijing kept up its campaign to tackle overcapacity in the sector and days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would open a probe into cheap steel exports from China and elsewhere.

Gloves off in French election as Le Pen aide calls Macron 'arrogant'

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:54am
PARIS (Reuters) - Round two of the bitter fight for the French presidency got under way on Monday within hours of first round results with far-right leader Marine Le Pen's top aide launching a stinging attack on her centrist opponent Emmanuel Macron.