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Most Fed policymakers say rate hike likely needed 'soon,' minutes show

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 2:12pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Federal Reserve policymakers thought it likely another interest rate increase would be warranted "soon" if the U.S. economic outlook remains intact, minutes of the central bank's last policy meeting showed.

NFL to fine teams if players on field refuse to stand for anthem

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:46pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday announced a new policy that will fine teams an undetermined amount if players on the field fail to stand during the national anthem played before the start of the game.

Trump may not block Twitter users over political views: judge

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:28pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in New York on Wednesday ruled that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users because doing so violates their rights under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Trump says will know next week if North Korea summit to go ahead

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:25pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would know next week whether his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would take place on June 12 in Singapore as scheduled, casting further doubt on plans for the unprecedented meeting.

Judge questions ex-Trump campaign chief's bid to suppress evidence

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:21pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge expressed skepticism on Wednesday toward a request by lawyers for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to suppress evidence seized by FBI agents working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Cyber researchers, Ukraine warn of possible Russian attack

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:18pm
TORONTO/KIEV (Reuters) - Hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries, some of the world's biggest cyber security firms warned on Wednesday, in a campaign that Ukraine said was preparation for a future Russian cyber attack.

Exclusive - Yulia Skripal: Attempted assassination turned my world upside down

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:07pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Yulia Skripal survived an assassination attempt that UK authorities blame on Russia. But the daughter of one of Russia's most famous spies says she wants to return to her country "in the longer term", despite the poisoning.

Hearing delayed in Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's New York court case

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:17am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York federal judge has postponed to next week a hearing in the case brought by President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen to limit prosecutors' review of documents seized from his home and office.

Pompeo says 'bad deal' with North Korea 'not an option' for U.S.

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 9:45am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States is prepared to walk away from negotiations with North Korea if upcoming talks on its nuclear weapons program head in the wrong direction.

Trump calls for new 'structure' for U.S.-China trade deal

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 9:43am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signaled a new direction in U.S.-China trade talks, saying the current track appeared "too hard to get done" and that any possible deal needed "a different structure."

U.S. warns citizens in China after 'abnormal' sound injures consulate worker

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 9:32am
BEIJING (Reuters) - An American citizen working at the U.S. consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou has reported suffering from "abnormal" sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, the U.S. embassy said on Wednesday.

Iran steps up broadsides against U.S., Syria signals Iran won't leave

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 9:29am
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran on Wednesday launched a fresh barrage of criticism at U.S. demands for sweeping change in its foreign policy and nuclear programme, and Tehran's ally Damascus flatly dismissed a U.S. call for a withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria.

Trump teases 'big news' for U.S. auto workers, offers no details

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 8:54am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly pledged to revive American manufacturing, on Wednesday said "big news" was coming that would be welcomed by U.S. autoworkers but he gave no details.

Cyber firms warn on suspected Russian plan to attack Ukraine

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 8:51am
(Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc on Wednesday warned that hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries with highly sophisticated malicious software, possibly in preparation for another massive cyber attack on Ukraine.

Comcast prepares to top Disney's $50 billion offer for Fox

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 8:16am
(Reuters) - Comcast Corp confirmed for the first time on Wednesday it was preparing a higher, all-cash offer for the businesses that Twenty-First Century Fox has agreed to sell to Walt Disney Co .

Target's profit below estimates as margins weaken, shares tumble

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 6:48am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Target Corp posted a smaller-than-expected increase in first-quarter profit, pressured by continued investments in its supply chain and online operations even as sales rose, sending its shares tumbling 8 percent in pre-market trade.

China Inc returns to U.S. soybean market as trade tensions ease

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 6:41am
BEIJING/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - China's state grain stockpiler has returned this week to the U.S. soybean market for the first time since early April, a sign Beijing is preparing to resume purchases as trade tensions between the world's top two economies ease, two sources said.

Trump says 'immune' from 'Apprentice' contestant lawsuit, seeks delay

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 6:39am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has asked New York state's highest court to delay a defamation lawsuit by a former contestant on his reality television show "The Apprentice" who said he sexually harassed her, claiming immunity and denying the allegations.

Pulitzer-winning author Philip Roth dies at 85, says agent

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 6:25am
(Reuters) - Author Philip Roth, who was both hailed and derided for laying bare the neuroses and obsessions that haunted the modern Jewish-American experience, died on Tuesday at the age of 85, his agent said.

Exclusive: U.S. refining giant Marathon seeks EPA biofuel waiver - sources

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 6:10am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Marathon Petroleum Corp, the second-biggest refining company in the United States, has asked the Environmental Protection Agency for a hardship waiver exempting one of its facilities from the nation's biofuels law, two sources with knowledge of the application told Reuters.