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Norway's wealth fund takes 48 percent stake in New York property
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  • 2017-08-21 11:57:26Z

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's $975-billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, has bought a 48-percent stake in a New York City property, it said on Monday.

U.S. warship collision exposes Singapore-Malaysia sea dispute
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  • 2017-08-21 11:28:16Z

A collision between a U.S. warship and an oil tanker near the Straits of Malacca on Monday has shone a light on a territorial dispute that has simmered between neighbors Singapore and Malaysia for nearly 40 years. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with merchant vessel Alnic MC to the east of Singapore, while heading to the city-state for a routine port call. Ten U.S. sailors are missing and five were injured in the collision, which resulted in significant damage to the hull of the U.S. vessel and the flooding of some of its compartments.

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Taiwan's Foxconn to build three ancillary facilities as part of Wisconsin LCD campus
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  • 2017-08-21 10:19:32Z

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Monday said it plans to build three facilities in the U.S. state of Wisconsin for operation as early as next year, as part of a campus housing a $10 billion liquid crystal display (LCD) factory due for 2020. Foxconn, which makes electronics under contract for clients such as Apple Inc , announced its $10 billion plan at the White House in July, saying the LCD plant would occupy 1,000 acres in the state's south east. Foxconn, formally Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd , said it will begin by setting up a back-end packaging line, high-precision molding line and end-device assembly line.

Texas university removes
Texas university removes 'white supremacy' statues overnight
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  • 2017-08-21 10:10:41Z

Violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 when white nationalists protesting against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate military leader Robert E. Lee clashed with anti-racism demonstrators. One woman was killed when a suspected white nationalist drove his car into a crowd. President Donald Trump's reaction to the events has drawn widespread anger from across the political spectrum.

USS John S. McCain suffered flooding after collision: U.S. Navy
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  • 2017-08-21 08:28:29Z

The USS John S. McCain, a U.S. warship that collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore on Monday, arrived at Changi Naval Base in Singapore after suffering damage to its hull that caused flooding in compartments, the U.S. Navy said. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding," the U.S. 7th Fleet said in a statement.

'America First' protesters face off with opponents at California beach rally
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  • 2017-08-21 08:15:52Z

Anti-immigration demonstrators faced off against a much bigger crowd of counter-protesters in the Southern California town of Laguna Beach on Sunday, as police kept the opposing sides apart. Around 2,500 people in total showed up for what became a raucous shouting match but did not descend into the kind of violence seen at this month's clashes at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one person was killed. Police erected barricades along the oceanfront to deter car attacks like the one in Charlottesville which killed a woman when a suspected white nationalist drove into the crowd.

Ten sailors missing after U.S. warship, tanker collide near Singapore
Ten sailors missing after U.S. warship, tanker collide near Singapore
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  • 2017-08-21 05:39:22Z

Ten sailors are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore on Monday, the U.S. Navy said, the second accident involving U.S. Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC before dawn while heading to Singapore for a routine port call, the Navy said in a statement. "Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft," the Navy said.

No oil pollution reported after U.S. warship, tanker collide off Singapore
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  • 2017-08-21 05:16:52Z

No oil spill was reported after a collision between a U.S. guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel in Singapore waters, authorities in the city-state said on Monday. Ten sailors from the USS John S. McCain were missing after the collision with the oil tanker east of Singapore, the U.S. Navy said, the second accident involving U.S. Navy destroyers in Asian waters in little more than two months.

Millions of Americans await awe-inspiring total solar eclipse
Millions of Americans await awe-inspiring total solar eclipse
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  • 2017-08-21 05:15:05Z

SALMON, Idaho/MURPHY, N.C. (Reuters) - Millions of Americans armed with protective glasses are taking positions along a slender ribbon of land cutting diagonally across the United States to marvel at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in nearly a century. After weeks of anticipation, the sight of the moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but the halo-like solar corona, will draw one of the largest audiences in human history, experts say. Some 12 million people live in the 70-mile-wide (113-km-wide), 2,500-mile-long (4,000-km-long) zone where the total eclipse will appear on Monday.

U.S. Navy says USS John S. McCain sailing to port under own power
U.S. Navy says USS John S. McCain sailing to port under own power
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  • 2017-08-21 01:24:29Z

A U.S. warship damaged after colliding with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday is sailing under its own power and heading to port, the U.S. Navy said. "Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities," the Navy said in a statement posted on the website of the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. "In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, the Republic of Singapore Navy ship RSS Gallant, RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark are currently in the area to render assistance," it said.

Illinois town gears up to become heart of U.S. eclipse
Illinois town gears up to become heart of U.S. eclipse
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  • 2017-08-21 00:28:59Z

The small southern Illinois town of Carbondale was revving up on Sunday to become eclipse central, on the eve of the total solar eclipse that will traverse the continental United States for the first time in 99 years. Carbondale is a few miles (km) north of the point of greatest duration of the celestial event, and will have a total eclipse for two minutes and 38 seconds on Monday. Many residents of Carbondale, a town of 26,000 people 70 miles (112 km) southeast of St. Louis, have been capitalizing on the celestial blackout, from renting out their homes to creating eclipse-themed merchandise.

Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville
Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville
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  • 2017-08-20 19:54:15Z

By Doina Chiacu and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two prominent religious conservatives defended U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend's violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Evangelical Christian Jerry Falwell Jr said Trump could be more polished and politically correct but is not racist. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who last week criticized the white nationalists' "evil, sinful, disgusting behavior," said unequivocally on Sunday that the faith community stood by Trump.

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Canada's Trudeau warns against entering country 'irregularly'
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  • 2017-08-20 16:03:49Z

"Canada is an opening and welcoming society," he told reporters in Montreal following talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Entering Canada irregularly is not an advantage. More than 3,100 people walked across the border illegally in July to file refugee claims and were arrested, up from 884 in June, the federal government said.

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84
Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84
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  • 2017-08-20 07:58:50Z

"It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.," his son, Christian, wrote on Instagram. Gregory, who lived in Washington, checked into Sibley Memorial Hospital a week ago after falling ill, said his longtime publicist Steve Jaffe. Gregory's success as a comedian in the early 1960s helped pave the way for other black comics, such as Richard Pryor, to gain greater fame by reaching a mainstream audience.

Boston march against hate speech avoids Charlottesville chaos
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  • 2017-08-20 05:52:16Z

By Scott Malone and Nate Raymond BOSTON (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Boston on Saturday to protest a "free speech" rally featuring far-right speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist demonstration. Rally organizers had invited several far-right speakers who were confined to a small pen that police set up in the historic Boston Common park to keep the two sides separate. The city avoided a repeat of last weekend's bloody street battles in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was killed.

No winner of Powerball jackpot - prize grows to $650 million
No winner of Powerball jackpot - prize grows to $650 million
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  • 2017-08-20 05:32:11Z

By Peter Szekely NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nobody won a Powerball jackpot of $535 million in a draw on Saturday night, meaning the grand prize will grow to about $650 million, the second-highest level in the history of the Powerball. With no winner of the grand prize, it will grow to an estimated $650 million ahead of the next draw on Wednesday, according to the website for the game. The highest-ever Powerball jackpot was nearly $1.6 billion in a January 2016 draw, which was split between three winning tickets.

U.S. warship Indianapolis found 18,000 feet deep in Pacific Ocean
U.S. warship Indianapolis found 18,000 feet deep in Pacific Ocean
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  • 2017-08-20 01:12:22Z

(Reuters) - Researchers have found the wreckage of the U.S. warship Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometers) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Saturday. The cruiser was returning from its mission to deliver components for the atomic bomb that would soon be dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima when it was fired upon in the North Pacific Ocean by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945. After a Navy historian unearthed new information in 2016 about the warship's last movements that pointed to a new search area, a team of civilian researchers led by Paul Allen, a Microsoft Corp...

South Carolina aquarium to monitor animal behavior during eclipse
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  • 2017-08-20 01:08:11Z

By Nathan Frandino CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Animals in the path of the first total solar eclipse to travel across the United States in 99 years have a big surprise awaiting them on Monday afternoon, biologists say. Zoos, aquariums and other wildlife parks see the celestial phenomenon as a special research opportunity to observe how birds and mammals react when the moon's shadow blots out most of the sun's light in the middle of the day, experts say. The South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, the last spot over which the total eclipse will pass during its coast-to-coast journey, will carefully monitor the behavior of creatures during the minute and 36 seconds when the area goes dark.

Boston police arrest 27 people during protests around 'Free Speech' rally
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  • 2017-08-19 20:46:47Z

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston police arrested 27 people in protests surrounding a "Free Speech" rally, Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters on Saturday. Most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct, with some for assault and battery during scuffles between police and protesters, Evans said. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White House
Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White House
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  • 2017-08-19 16:15:07Z

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced on Saturday, after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception before the show. The Kennedy Center also said in a statement the White House reception "will no longer take place." The White House said the president and first lady would not take part in the Kennedy Center Honors "to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction." The announcement came after television producer Norman Lear, singer Lionel Richie and dancer Carmen de Lavallade said they would not attend...

Duke University removes contentious Confederate statue after vandalism
Duke University removes contentious Confederate statue after vandalism
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  • 2017-08-19 14:33:46Z

The decision to take down the statue followed discussions among students, faculty, staff and alumni about maintaining safety on campus, university President Vincent E. Price said in a statement. "I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university," Price said. The prestigious university will preserve the statue of Lee, who led Confederate forces in the American Civil War of 1861-1865, and use it as an educational tool so that students can study "Duke's complex past," Price added.

Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era
Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era
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  • 2017-08-19 12:03:18Z

By Ruthy Munoz HOUSTON (Reuters) - As Monday's total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era. Utilities and grid operators have been planning for the event for years, calculating the timing and drop in output from solar, running simulations of the potential impact on demand, and lining up standby power sources. It promises a critical test of their ability to manage a sizeable swing in renewable power. ...

Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday
Millions of Americans to gaze upon Monday's once-in-a-lifetime eclipse
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  • 2017-08-19 10:30:06Z

Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years. The sight of the moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but the halo-like solar corona, may draw the largest live audience for a celestial event in human history. "It will certainly be the most observed total eclipse in history," astronomer Rick Fienberg of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) said last week.

After Charlottesville, Boston aims to avert violence at
After Charlottesville, Boston aims to avert violence at 'Free Speech' rally
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  • 2017-08-19 10:07:41Z

Hundreds of police officers will hit the streets of Boston on Saturday to deter violence at a "Free Speech" rally with right-wing speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist protest. At least 500 police officers, many on bicycles, aim to keep the expected crowd of a few hundred people at the "Free Speech" rally separate from thousands attending a counter-protest by people who believe the event could become a platform for racist propaganda. Authorities will close streets to avert car attacks like the deadly one carried out in Charlottesville, Virginia, by a man said to have neo-Nazi sympathies against counter-protesters and a similar spate of attacks by...

Florida officer killed in one of several shootings at law enforcement
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  • 2017-08-19 08:24:03Z

Officials did not say there was any connection between the three shootings. In Kissimmee, a community south of Orlando, Florida, two officers came under fire after approaching a group of people based on suspicions they might be involved in illegal conduct, Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell told reporters. The two officers, who were in uniform, appear to have been taken by surprise when they came under fire, he added.

Senator McCain completes first round of radiation and chemotherapy
Senator McCain completes first round of radiation and chemotherapy
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  • 2017-08-19 04:37:33Z

"His resilience & strength is incredible," Meghan McCain, who is a host on the Fox News program "Outnumbered," wrote on Twitter about her father. McCain, 80, who is known for his political independence during three decades in the Senate representing Arizona, was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma, after surgery in July for a blood clot above his left eye.

Amid Trump backlash, his U.N. envoy says stand up, isolate hate
Amid Trump backlash, his U.N. envoy says stand up, isolate hate
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  • 2017-08-19 02:51:05Z

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told staff in an email - seen by Reuters on Friday - that everyone must stand up and condemn hate, as President Donald Trump faces a backlash for his response to violence at a protest by white nationalists. Trump blamed both sides for clashes in the southern college town of Charlottesville in Virginia last weekend, where white nationalists were protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. A woman was killed when a suspected white nationalist plowed his car into a crowd.

Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over U.S. slave past rages
Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over U.S. slave past rages
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  • 2017-08-19 02:21:54Z

The mayor of Charlottesville called on Friday for a special session of Virginia's legislature to let localities decide the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue at the center of a far-right rally last week that turned deadly. Mayor Mike Signer issued his appeal amid an increasingly contentious debate over what to do with memorials to Confederate figures, who fought for the preservation of slavery during the U.S. Civil War, that are seen by opponents as offensive. In what has become the biggest domestic crisis of his presidency, Donald Trump has been sharply criticized, including by fellow Republicans, for blaming Charlottesville's violence not only on the white nationalist rally...

Far-right protests leave U.S. cities scrambling to balance safety, free speech
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  • 2017-08-19 00:50:18Z

By Sarah N. Lynch and Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cities across the United States are seeking ways to head off the kind of violence seen in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend when white nationalists and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protesters over the planned removal of a Civil War-era statue. As they step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces and brace for a right-wing backlash, municipalities are re-evaluating their approaches to crowd control, permits, weapon regulation and intelligence gathering. White supremacists have been emboldened by statements from President Donald Trump.

Six Flags drops Confederate flag from Texas park: papers
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  • 2017-08-18 22:42:36Z

Six Flags Over Texas, faced with criticism over its longstanding display of a Confederate flag at its main amusement park, has decided to remove the item and display U.S. flags instead, local newspaper reports said on Friday. A Confederate flag at the park located between Dallas and Fort Worth has been on display since it opened in 1961. The theme park had six sections, each under a flag representing the nations that had sovereignty over the territory or the state of Texas.

No sanctions for Detroit jail's group strip searches: court
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  • 2017-08-18 21:23:08Z

By a 2-1 vote, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected claims that the county and a jail deputy should have known the searches were unreasonable, and violated inmates' constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment. Amanda Sumpter sued over three searches conducted by the female deputy that she found invasive and humiliating, including when she was allegedly told she smelled like a "funky monkey," and a fourth in a cellblock allegedly visible to male guards.

Spouse hostility may worsen chronic low back pain
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  • 2017-08-18 20:53:30Z

Women back-pain sufferers and those with depressive symptoms were the most vulnerable to spousal criticism, whether the harsh attitude was just perceived or overtly expressed, the study authors report in the journal Pain, online August 8. "Most studies of spouse and family interactions with people with

Far-right protests leave U.S. cities scrambling to balance safety, free speech
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  • 2017-08-18 20:45:41Z

Cities across the United States are seeking ways to head off the kind of violence seen in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend when white nationalists and neo-Nazis clashed with counter-protesters over the planned removal of a Civil War-era statue. As they step up efforts to pull such monuments from

California mass killer spared death penalty over prosecutor misconduct
California mass killer spared death penalty over prosecutor misconduct
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  • 2017-08-18 20:37:13Z

A California man convicted of the worst mass killing in Orange County history was spared the death penalty on Friday after a judge found that serious misconduct by prosecutors had violated his rights to a fair trial. The ruling means that, barring a successful appeal, former tugboat worker Scott Dekraai, 47, will be sentenced to life in prison for killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at a Seal Beach hair salon. "If this case had been prosecuted from the outset by the Orange County District Attorney within the most fundamental parameters of prosecutorial propriety, this defendant would likely be living alongside other convicted killers on California's Death Row," Superior...

Three girls under 10 found slain in Maryland home
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  • 2017-08-18 20:26:34Z

Three girls under 10 years of age were found slain on Friday in a Maryland home and police have launched an investigation into the killings, officials said. A family member who returned to the home in Clinton, a suburb of Washington, discovered the bodies and called police at about 7:30 a.m. EDT. The girls were pronounced dead by fire department personnel, Prince George's County police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said.

Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time, from balloons
Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time, from balloons
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  • 2017-08-18 19:40:24Z

By Nathan Frandino CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Next week's solar eclipse will be streamed live online for the first time, from the vantage point of helium-filled balloons across the United States, providing the public with sky-high views as the moon blocks the sun. A team of researchers from Montana State University has partnered with NASA to participate in the Space Grant Ballooning Project to send more than 50 high-altitude balloons 80,000 feet (24,384 meters) up to capture the solar eclipse as it crosses the country on Aug. 21. "We'll see the variations from coast to coast to see what the eclipse does over landscapes," Cassandra Runyon, director of the South Carolina Space Grant...

Insys agrees to pay $4.45 million to resolve Illinois opioid lawsuit
Insys agrees to pay $4.45 million to resolve Illinois opioid lawsuit
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  • 2017-08-18 19:31:24Z

Insys Therapeutics Inc has agreed to pay $4.45 million to resolve a lawsuit by Illinois' attorney general claiming it deceptively marketed an addictive fentanyl-based cancer pain drug for off-label uses. The settlement, announced by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Friday, will resolve claims that Insys illegally marketed its product Subsys to high-volume prescribers of opioid drugs instead of to oncologists treating cancer patients. "It's unethical, greedy behavior by companies like Insys that is responsible for creating the opioid epidemic and resulting overdose deaths in our state," Madigan said in a statement.

Charlottesville mayor wants special session to remove Confederate statue
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  • 2017-08-18 19:04:56Z

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charlottesville's mayor called on Friday for a special session of Virginia's legislature to let localities determine the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue at the center of a far-right rally that turned deadly there last weekend.

Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery
Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery
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  • 2017-08-18 16:40:41Z

Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. Northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations. Ranchers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana have been suffering through the region's worst drought

SEC drops case against ex-JPMorgan traders over
SEC drops case against ex-JPMorgan traders over 'London Whale'
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  • 2017-08-18 15:58:36Z

The top U.S. securities regulator on Friday dropped its civil lawsuit accusing two former JPMorgan Chase & Co traders of trying to hide some of the bank's $6.2 billion of losses tied to the 2012 "London Whale" scandal. The decision by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to dismiss

In Charlottesville, Germans sense echoes of their struggle with history
In Charlottesville, Germans sense echoes of their struggle with history
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  • 2017-08-18 15:44:33Z

BERLIN/WEIMAR, Germany (Reuters) - For the past decade, the pupils of the Manfred von Ardenne school in Berlin have been visiting a local cemetery to tend the graves of victims of the Nazis. By honoring those who died doing forced labor for Adolf Hitler's regime and learning their stories, pupils

Roadblocks, weapons bans as Boston braces for
Roadblocks, weapons bans as Boston braces for 'Free Speech' rally
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  • 2017-08-18 15:37:29Z

Boston officials are planning road blockades and even banning food vendors from the historic Boston Common as they step up security around a "Free Speech" rally on Saturday featuring right-wing speakers, aiming to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence at a white supremacist rally in

U.S. State Department hit by system-wide email outage: official
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  • 2017-08-18 15:23:38Z

The U.S. State Department's email systems have been hit by a broad outage, a State Department official said on Friday. "The State Department is experiencing a system-wide unclassified email outage," a State Department official said on condition of anonymity.

Tillerson says one American dead in Spain attack
Tillerson says one American dead in Spain attack
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  • 2017-08-18 14:23:07Z

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday an American citizen was confirmed dead in attacks in Spain. A suspected Islamist militant killed 13 people and wounded scores of others in Barcelona. (Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

Nestle defends
Nestle defends 'Kit Kat' campaign against Atari 'Breakout' lawsuit
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  • 2017-08-18 14:19:58Z

Nestle SA on Friday paddled back claims in a new lawsuit in which Atari SA accused the Swiss food company of pilfering its classic 1970s video game "Breakout" to help sell Kit Kat chocolate-covered wafer bars. Nestle damaged Atari's goodwill and reputation on Facebook, Twitter and television

Self-sufficient eclipse chasers hit the road to
Self-sufficient eclipse chasers hit the road to 'totality'
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  • 2017-08-18 10:05:14Z

For the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the United States in almost a century, and the first visible anywhere in the Lower 48 states since 1979, Zeiler had only to drive some 650 miles (1,046 km) from the desert Southwest to the Rockies.

Statue of 19th century slavery advocate removed in Maryland
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  • 2017-08-18 08:47:52Z

Crews in state capital Annapolis hitched straps overnight to the 145-year-old bronze statue outside State House and lifted it from its base with a crane, according to media reports and social media postings. "While we cannot hide from our history - nor should we - the time has come to make clear

U.S. rights group rethinks defending hate groups protesting with guns
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  • 2017-08-18 02:41:20Z

An ACLU spokeswoman confirmed the policy shift and said the concern over weapons was not something the group has had to contend with in the past. White nationalists staged a "Unite the Right" protest in Charlottesville last weekend over plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a park.

U.S. digital rights group slams tech firms for barring neo-Nazis
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  • 2017-08-18 02:25:05Z

By Dustin Volz SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A digital rights group based in San Francisco on Thursday criticized several internet companies for removing neo-Nazi groups from servers and services, saying the actions were "dangerous" and threatened free expression online. GoDaddy Inc , Alphabet's Google , security firm Cloudflare and other technology companies moved this week to block hate groups after weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists had gathered to protest removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a park. "We strongly believe that what GoDaddy, Google, and Cloudflare did here was dangerous," Cindy Cohn, executive director of...

Forest rangers, fire crews brace for eclipse watchers to descend on U.S. West
Forest rangers, fire crews brace for eclipse watchers to descend on U.S. West
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  • 2017-08-18 02:17:35Z

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Forest rangers and fire managers across the U.S. West will be on high alert as motorists flock to Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming for next week's total solar eclipse, clogging roads and straining scarce resources at the height of summer wildfire season. "It's all hands on deck," said U.S. Forest Service ranger Kurt Nelson, who works in the Sawtooth National Forest near the affluent resort of Sun Valley in central Idaho.

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