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Beyonce gives birth to twins: celebrity news websites

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 11:08pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. singer Beyonce has given birth to twins in Los Angeles, several celebrity news websites reported on Saturday, citing unidentified sources.

Bodies of missing sailors found in flooded compartments of U.S. destroyer

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 9:53pm
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Reuters) - The bodies of a number of sailors who were missing after the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship were found in flooded compartments of the damaged ship, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a statement on Sunday.

Americans lament Cuba becoming 'forbidden island' again

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 7:18pm
HAVANA (Reuters) - American travelers who long to swill a cocktail at Havana's legendary Sloppy Joe's bar or dive into the rooftop pool of its newest luxury hotel had their dreams dashed when U.S. President Donald Trump announced his new Cuba policy this week.

Portugal forest fire kills at least 19: government

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 7:08pm
LISBON (Reuters) - A forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 19 people on Saturday, most of them occupants of various vehicles that were on the road and caught in the blaze, an official said in televised remarks.

Representative Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious' after shooting

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 6:37pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, showed further improvement days after being shot by a man who opened fire on lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said in a statement on Saturday.

Syrian army declares city ceasefire as Russia, U.N. plan July peace talks

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 12:53pm
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army said it would suspend combat operations in the southern city of Deraa for 48 hours from Saturday, as mediators announced two separate attempts to convene new peace talks next month.

Search goes on for seven U.S. sailors after collision off Japan

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 11:28am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Rescue crews searched into the early hours on Sunday for seven American sailors missing after a U.S. destroyer collided with a container ship in the pre-dawn hours off the coast of Japan.

Russia claims it killed two more Islamic State commanders in Syria: Ifax

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 11:22am
MOSCOW/ERBIL (Reuters) - The Russian defense ministry said on Saturday it had killed two Islamic State field commanders, named as Abu Omar al-Beljiki and Abu Yassin al-Masri, in air strikes near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, Interfax news agency reported.

Protests over Minnesota police shooting result in 18 arrests on freeway

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 10:22am
(Reuters) - A protest on a freeway in St. Paul, Minnesota, over the acquittal of a police officer in the slaying of black motorist Philando Castile resulted in the arrest of 18 demonstrators early on Saturday, state police said.

Despite mistrial in criminal case, civil lawsuits await Cosby

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 10:13am
(Reuters) - Although Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial ended in a mistrial on Saturday, his legal problems persist as he faces assault and defamation claims in civil lawsuits, where the bar for evidence is lower than in criminal cases.

Seattle love, dread of activist investor help clinch Amazon M&A roles

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 10:09am
(Reuters) - A decision by Goldman Sachs Group Inc last year to move an investment banking veteran to Seattle, as well as Evercore Partners Inc's hiring of a top banker defending companies against activist investors, has paid off handsomely.

U.S. soldiers wounded in apparent shooting at Afghan base: official

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 9:09am
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - At least one Afghan soldier was killed and several American soldiers were wounded in an incident at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, a U.S. military official said.

Seven sailors missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with container ship in Japan

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 7:06am
YOKOSUKA, Japan (Reuters) - U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald sailed back to its base in Yokosuka, with seven of its sailors still missing after it collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship more than three times its size in eastern Japan early on Saturday.

Putin: more U.S. sanctions would be harmful, talk of retaliation premature

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 6:14am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said new sanctions under consideration by the United States would damage relations between the two countries, but it was too early to talk about retaliation, state news agency RIA reported on Saturday.

Cosby jury deliberations, now longer than trial, stretch into Saturday

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 5:36am
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - The jury deliberating entertainer Bill Cosby's fate at his sexual assault trial will return on Saturday after yet another marathon 12-hour session on Friday failed to produce a unanimous verdict.

Rodman returns from 'really good' North Korea trip

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:36pm
BEIJING (Reuters) - Former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman arrived in Beijing on Saturday after what he said was a "really good" 5-day trip to North Korea.

Tech to see bump in growth weighting in Russell rejig

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 8:17pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The largecap technology sector is expected to see a bump in its growth weighting when index provider FTSE Russell completes the annual refresh of its benchmarks next Friday, a move that could lift tech shares targeted in the rejig.

Trump owes lenders at least $315 million, disclosure shows

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 6:59pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump had personal liabilities of at least $315.6 million to German, U.S. and other lenders as of mid-2017, according to a federal financial disclosure form released late on Friday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

Minnesota police officer acquitted in shooting of black motorist

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 3:58pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Reuters) - A jury on Friday found the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop last year not guilty of second-degree manslaughter.

Weak inflation erodes conviction at Fed on rate hikes

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 3:30pm
DALLAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When the Federal Reserve raised rates earlier this week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen expressed confidence that recent weak inflation readings were transitory. Fed officials on Friday signaled that doubts are simmering.