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Minutes from missiles, Guam islanders get to grips with uncertain fate

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 5:36am
GUAM (Reuters) - Fourteen minutes is not long to prepare for a potential catastrophe. That's the estimated time taken from a launch of a mid-range ballistic missile in North Korea until impact on Guam, where residents seem resigned to the belief that their fate is out of their control.

Chicago teachers union eyes future security with charter merger

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 5:12am
CHICAGO (Reuters) - After trying for years to stymie the growth of charter schools in Chicago, leaders of its public school teachers' union are seeking to enlist staff from charter schools in a bid to strengthen the union’s bargaining power and tap a new source of members’ fees.

Trump says was being 'sarcastic' in thanking Putin for embassy staff cuts

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 5:07am
BEDMINSTER, NJ (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he was being sarcastic when he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for saving the United States money by ordering cuts in U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia.

Protesters clash in Virginia city on eve of white nationalist rally

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 12:33am
(Reuters) - Hundreds of white marchers with blazing torches clashed briefly with counterprotesters on the Charlottesville campus of the University of Virginia on Friday, the eve of a rally planned by thousands of white nationalists, media said.

Trump threatens Venezuela with unspecified 'military option'

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 8:04pm
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation in Washington's response to Venezuela's political crisis.

U.S. Marines pause flights for 24 hours after two deadly crashes

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 6:14pm
(Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps on Friday ordered its aircraft squadrons to suspend flight operations for 24 hours sometime during the next two weeks to review procedures after two of its planes crashed, killing dozens.

Pentagon's empty posts cause uncertainty for defense contractors

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:54pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's failure to fill dozens of senior-level positions at the Pentagon is making it difficult for defense contractors to forecast business.

Peru expels Venezuelan ambassador to protest constituent assembly

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:33pm
LIMA (Reuters) - Peru has decided to expel Venezuela's ambassador to Peru after Caracas sent an "unacceptable" response to a new Western Hemisphere group's condemnation of the country's new legislative superbody, Peru's foreign affairs ministry said Friday.

Uber investors seek to oust Benchmark after 'destructive' lawsuit: report

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 4:12pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A lawsuit filed by investor Benchmark Capital against ousted Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick has raised the ire of three investors who on Friday asked the venture firm to divest its shares and step down from the ride-services company's board, according to an email published by news website Axios.

Audits show lax oversight by Wisconsin agency counting Foxconn jobs

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 2:14pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Wisconsin agency tasked with holding Foxconn accountable for delivering up to 13,000 jobs in exchange for $1.5 billion in state payroll tax credits has a history of failing to verify job-creation claims and rewarding companies that fall short of quotas, according to state audits.

Take cover, avoid bomb flash. Guam issues nuclear guidelines

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:47pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Guam posted emergency guidelines on Friday to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack after a threat from North Korea to fire missiles in the vicinity of the U.S. Pacific territory.

It never got paid for the Volvos, but could Sweden mediate with North Korea?

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:46am
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden has not yet been paid by North Korea for the hundreds of Volvo saloons it imported in the 1970s and which can still be seen on the streets of the communist country.

Taylor Swift gives unvarnished courtroom account of alleged groping

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:12am
DENVER (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, known for baring her soul and her grudges in her music, presented an unflinching account under oath and in open court of her allegation that a Colorado DJ groped her while they posed for photos together four years ago.

Egypt train crash kills 36, injures more than 100

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:59am
CAIRO (Reuters) - Two trains collided in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 36 people and injuring more than 100 others, a health ministry spokesman said.

Russia-linked hackers targeted hotel guests across Europe: security firm

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:20am
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A cyber-spying group with suspected links to Russian military intelligence was probably behind a campaign targeting hotel guests in eight mostly European countries last month, researchers at security firm FireEye said on Friday.

India's military steps up operational readiness on China border

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:17am
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's military has increased operational readiness along the eastern Indian border with China, sources said, as neither side shows any sign of backing off from a face-off in a remote Himalayan region near their disputed frontier.

Amazon looks to new food technology for home delivery

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 7:20am
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc is exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, as it looks for new ways to muscle into the $700 billion U.S. grocery business.

HBO offers $250,000 as 'bounty payment' to hackers: Variety

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 7:07am
(Reuters) - The hackers behind HBO's recent data breach have leaked an email in which the U.S. cable channel offered them $250,000 as a "bounty payment," Hollywood trade paper Variety reported on Thursday.

After years, South Koreans worry about North: food sales up, civil drills expanded

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 6:54am
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Koreans are buying more ready to eat meals and the government plans to expand nation-wide civil defense drills planned for this month as rhetoric between North Korea and the United States ramps up tension.

Special Report: Vladimir's Venezuela - Leveraging loans to Caracas, Moscow snaps up oil assets

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 6:50am
Caracas/Houston (Reuters) - Venezuela’s unraveling socialist government is increasingly turning to ally Russia for the cash and credit it needs to survive – and offering prized state-owned oil assets in return, sources familiar with the negotiations told Reuters.