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Time to shake up golf, head of European Tour says
Time to shake up golf, head of European Tour says

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Professional golf has long consisted of 72-hole tournaments played over four days - something that will have to change if the game wants to reach a new generation of fans, the head of the European Tour said. The tour's chief executive, Keith Pelley, has pledged to shake up the European circuit since taking over from George O'Grady in 2015, and a couple of innovative tournaments this year are part of that effort.

Golf-Time to shake up golf, head of European Tour says

Professional golf has long consisted of 72-hole tournaments played over four days - something that will have to change if the game wants to reach a new generation of fans, the head of the European Tour said. The tour's chief executive, Keith Pelley, has pledged to shake up the European circuit since taking over from George O'Grady in 2015, and a couple of innovative tournaments this year are part of that effort.

Kanye West unveils new Yeezy line during New York Fashion Week
Kanye West unveils new Yeezy line during New York Fashion Week

By Melissa Fares NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three months after being hospitalized for exhaustion, rapper Kanye West made his first major public appearance on Wednesday, turning up for his Yeezy fashion show during New York Fashion Week. With his wife Kim Kardashian West in the front row next to Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, West debuted the fifth season of his high-end athleisure wear collection for Adidas to the fashion world's elite. Many social media users expressed their frustrations when they learned they would not be able to watch online, but critics were positive about the 39-year-old singer's latest runway show, saying the emphasis was on his new collection, rather than...

China drone maker courts online matchmaker Zhenai

Zhenai.com, one of China's largest matchmaking websites, has found itself an unlikely suitor in drone manufacturer DEA General Aviation that said on Wednesday it wants to buy the popular dating website to expand its business. DEA said Zhenai reported 1 billion yuan ($145.59 million) in revenue last year and that it plans to integrate the dating website into its home appliance business to heed Beijing's so-called "Internet Plus" strategy. Matchmaking is big business in China, where single people are often subjected to tough lectures from relatives keen on reinforcing the importance of marriage and securing the family blood line.

Hong Kong police struggle to stop brokerage hacking spree
Hong Kong police struggle to stop brokerage hacking spree

By Michelle Price HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police are struggling to deal with digital pump-and-dump schemes targeting brokerages - a little-known type of computer-generated fraud that surged in the Chinese territory last year. In the scheme, criminals invest in thinly traded penny stocks and then manipulate their share prices by ordering trades from hacked brokerage accounts. After last year's cyber-heist of $81 million at Bangladesh's central bank and a series of hacks of ATM's around the world, authorities fear such pump-and-dump schemes could be increasingly used for electronic theft.

U.S. bank trade group picks online lending partner

By Anna Irrera NEW YORK (Reuters) - The American Bankers Association, a trade group for U.S. banks, has endorsed Chicago-based startup Akouba as a technology provider to enable its members offer small business lending online. Reuters had reported in January that the ABA was running a formal bidding process to secure an online lending partner, as a growing number of banks launch digital lending services or partner with startups in the sector. Akouba, which provides a loan origination and underwriting platform that integrates with a bank's own credit policies, was chosen because of a number of factors, including its ability to assess and manage risk, the ABA said on Monday.

China's OkCoin, Huobi exchanges to stop bitcoin withdrawals

By Brenda Goh SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Two of China's three largest bitcoin exchanges said they were taking measures to stop withdrawals of the cryptocurrency from their platforms, as capital outflows prompt the Chinese central bank to step up its scrutiny of the industry. OkCoin and Huobi said in statements published on their websites late on Thursday that they would halt withdrawals of bitcoins completely, while the other big exchange BTCC said it would subject withdrawals to a 72-hour review. Earlier in the day, the exchanges had issued statements saying they would strengthen oversight of customers' identities and sources of funds.

Under Armour-sponsored athletes oppose CEO
Under Armour-sponsored athletes oppose CEO's pro-Trump comments

By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - Professional ballet dancer Misty Copeland and wrestler turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joined National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry in opposing comments made by the chief executive of their sponsor Under Armour supporting U.S. President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Plank expressed support for Trump on CNBC, saying: "To have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country." On Thursday, Copeland wrote on her Instagram page (@mistyonpointe) that she strongly disagrees with Plank's recent comments in support of Trump.

Under Armour-sponsored athletes oppose CEO's pro-Trump comments

(Recasts to add Copeland and Johnson opposing Plank's comment, updates closing stock price) NEW YORK, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Professional ballet dancer Misty Copeland and wrestler turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joined National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry in opposing comments made by the chief executive of their sponsor Under Armour supporting U.S. President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Plank expressed support for Trump on CNBC, saying: "To have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country." On Thursday, Copeland wrote on her Instagram page (@mistyonpointe) that she strongly disagrees with Plank's recent comments in support of Trump.

Expedia revenue rises 23 percent as bookings increase
Expedia revenue rises 23 percent as bookings increase

(Reuters) - Online travel services company Expedia Inc reported a 23.2 percent rise in fourth-quarter revenue, helped by higher gross bookings. The company's revenue rose to $2.09 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31 from about $1.70 billion a year earlier. Net income attributable to Expedia was $79.5 million, or 51 cents per share, compared with a loss of $12.5 million, or 9 cents per share. The year-ago quarter included charges related to Expedia's purchase of vacation rental site HomeAway Inc, and some other items. On an adjusted basis, the company earned $1. ...

Madonna introduces newly adopted twin girls from Malawi
Madonna introduces newly adopted twin girls from Malawi

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Madonna debuted two new daughters on social media on Wednesday, saying she had completed her adoption of the twins from Malawi and was "overjoyed" to bring them into her family. The singer, 58, was granted permission by Malawi's High Court this week to adopt the twin girls. "I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please to respect our privacy during this transitional time," the singer said in her post.

Court hearing on Trump travel ban draws more than 2.6 million listeners

More than 2.6 million people tuned into cable TV or went online to hear dramatic audio-only coverage of a federal appeals court hearing on U.S. President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees. For more than an hour, people around the United States listened to arguments from attorneys for the U.S. government and Washington state, which sued to challenge Trump's executive order imposing the ban. The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco pressed the government's attorney on the lawfulness of Trump's Jan. 27 order, which triggered chaos and protests at U.S. airports and oversea.

Madonna introduces newly adopted twin girls from Malawi
Madonna introduces newly adopted twin girls from Malawi

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Madonna debuted two new daughters on social media on Wednesday, saying she had completed her adoption of the twins from Malawi and was "overjoyed" to bring them into her family. The singer, 58, was granted permission by Malawi's High Court this week to adopt the twin girls. "I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible, and I ask the media please to respect our privacy during this transitional time," the singer said in her post.

Factbox: Company shares mostly able to recover from Trump tweets

Nordstrom Inc : The most recent tweet from Trump on Wednesday was a departure from his prior criticisms in that it related to his daughter Ivanka's business dealings and not his political agenda. Trump said his daughter had been treated "unfairly" by the company, which media outlets reported last week was winding down its relationship with Ivanka's brand. Shares of Nordstrom dropped 0.7 percent and spiked in volume in a one-minute span on Wednesday but were last up 1.5 percent at a session high of $43.42 in early afternoon.

Factbox: Company shares mostly able to recover from Trump tweets

Nordstrom Inc : The most recent tweet from Trump on Wednesday was a departure from his prior criticisms in that it related to his daughter Ivanka's business dealings and not his political agenda. Trump said his daughter had been treated "unfairly" by the company, which media outlets reported last week was winding down its relationship with Ivanka's brand. Shares of Nordstrom dropped 0.7 percent and spiked in volume in a one-minute span on Wednesday but were last up 1.5 percent at a session high of $43.42 in early afternoon.

Lady Gaga tells bodyshamers
Lady Gaga tells bodyshamers 'I'm proud of my body'

Lady Gaga hit back at cyber bullies who made fun of her body during her spectacular halftime show at Sunday's Super Bowl. Gaga, whose Super Bowl outfits included a crop top and glittering shorts, was mocked by some viewers on social media for the appearance of her stomach. "Guys making fun of Lady Gaga's 'muffin top' is the reason why girls have so many body image issues," wrote Twitter user Alexa Morgan.

Lady Gaga tells bodyshamers 'I'm proud of my body'

Lady Gaga hit back at cyber bullies who made fun of her body during her spectacular halftime show at Sunday's Super Bowl. Gaga, whose Super Bowl outfits included a crop top and glittering shorts, was mocked by some viewers on social media for the appearance of her stomach. "Guys making fun of Lady Gaga's 'muffin top' is the reason why girls have so many body image issues," wrote Twitter user Alexa Morgan.

IT security firm Sophos rises after $100 million Invincea deal

LONDON (Reuters) - British IT security company Sophos has agreed to buy malware protection company Invincea for $100 million to bolster its product line and give it a stronger presence in the U.S. government, healthcare and financial services sector. Shares in Sophos rose 5.5 percent to a four-month high of 287 pence, topping the mid-cap index , after the deal was announced on Wednesday. ...

Taiwan says some securities firms get blackmail messages, cyber attacks

Taiwan said on Tuesday several domestic securities and futures firms had experienced cyber attacks and at least 10 had been threatened with attacks if they did not pay blackmailers. Investigators are looking into emails received by the brokerages seeking payment to avert cyber attacks known as distributed denial of service (DDoS). It has become a common tool for cyber criminals trying to cripple businesses and organizations with online activity.

Bouchard agrees to blind date after betting against Brady
Bouchard agrees to blind date after betting against Brady

(Reuters) - Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard says she will honor a promise to go on a blind date with a Twitter follower after losing a Super Bowl bet. When the Atlanta Falcons appeared headed for a runaway victory in Houston on Sunday, the Canadian tennis player tweeted to her one million followers: "I knew Atlanta would win btw." That prompted a follower to ask her if she would go on a date if the New England Patriots pulled off a comeback victory.

Tennis-Bouchard agrees to blind date after betting against Brady

Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard says she will honour a promise to go on a blind date with a Twitter follower after losing a Super Bowl bet. When the Atlanta Falcons appeared headed for a runaway victory in Houston on Sunday, the Canadian tennis player tweeted to her one million followers: "I knew Atlanta would win btw." That prompted a follower to ask her if she would go on a date if the New England Patriots pulled off a comeback victory.

U.S. VIZIO to pay $2.2 million to settle charges over user data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - VIZIO Inc will pay $2.2 million to settle charges that the entertainment platform company collected the viewing histories on 11 million smart televisions without obtaining its users' consent, U.S. regulators said on Monday. In a statement, the Federal Trade Commission said VIZIO must also "prominently disclose and obtain affirmative express consent for its data collection and sharing practices" as well as delete any data collected before March 1, 2016, among other requirements. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

Lockheed Martin backs UK cyber-training initiative
Lockheed Martin backs UK cyber-training initiative

The British arm of U.S. defence major Lockheed Martin said on Friday it would back a UK government initiative to train students in cyber security to combat a growing skills gap in the area. Through the UK government's CyberFirst initiative, Lockheed Martin will sponsor a number of students across a three-year period and provide them with work placements during their studies. "There's an emerging cyber skills gap and it's vital that this gap is addressed," said Peter Ruddock, chief executive of Lockheed Martin UK.

Indian police bust $550 million internet scam that duped thousands

By Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian police have busted an internet scam in which around 650,000 people lost a combined 37 billion rupees ($549 million) after sending money to a company that promised they would earn cash by clicking on web links, police said on Friday. Police, who described the pyramid-style scheme as one of India's biggest ever, said they had arrested three ringleaders on the outskirts of New Delhi, the capital, and seized more than 5 billion rupees ($74 million) from bank accounts. "They learned that if you give some money back to members, the investments would go up exponentially," Amit Pathak, head of a police cyber crime unit in India's populous northern...

Factbox: Commercials slated to air during the 2017 Super Bowl

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The 51st edition of the Super Bowl will kick off on Sunday from Houston's NRG Stadium, pitting the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons. The National Football League's championship game is annually the most-watched television program in the United States, with last year's game commanding 111.9 million viewers. That massive audience makes the Super Bowl a prime spot for advertisers, who are paying Twenty-First Century Fox Inc as much as $5 million for a 30-second spot. The game will air on U.S. broadcast channel Fox. ...

Commercials slated to air during the 2017 Super Bowl

NEW YORK, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The 51st edition of the Super Bowl will kick off on Sunday from Houston's NRG Stadium, pitting the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons. The National Football League's championship game is annually the most-watched television program in the United States, with last year's game commanding 111.9 million viewers. That massive audience makes the Super Bowl a prime spot for advertisers, who are paying Twenty-First Century Fox Inc as much as $5 million for a 30-second spot. The game will air on U.S. broadcast channel Fox. ...

Beyonce bares all in pregnancy photo shoot
Beyonce bares all in pregnancy photo shoot

Pop superstar Beyonce on Thursday released a slew of photos of herself posing pregnant and nude, a day after announcing she was expecting twins with her husband, rapper Jay-Z. The photos, posted on the 35-year-old singer's website, beyonce.com, included a black-and-white nude photo, several topless shots and others in which she wears lingerie. The caption on the photos is "I have three hearts." The pictures, including some with the couple's 5-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, were accompanied by poems about motherhood. The "Halo" singer's announcement on Instagram got more than 8 million "likes" to become the "most-liked" Instagram ever,...

Road crash victim in India bleeds to death while onlookers film

An Indian teenage boy lay dying after being hit by a bus on Thursday while onlookers filmed him instead of offering help, according to a report from ANI, a partner of Reuters television. Anwar Ali was riding a bicycle when he was hit by a bus in Koppal district in the southern state of Karnataka, the report said.

Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel's New Zealand citizenship stokes political debate

New Zealand's ruling center-right National Party is heading into an election campaign plagued by questions over a decision to grant citizenship to Peter Thiel, a billionaire tech tycoon and adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump. Thiel was granted citizenship despite not meeting the normal requirement to live in the country for 75 percent of the time over five years, a fact that would normally disqualify an application. Center-left Labour opposition member of Parliament Iain Lees-Galloway said in a statement the granting of citizenship raised "serious questions as to why a New Zealand passport needed to be granted to a wealthy foreign businessman who does not live here".

Discovery and Sky reach deal in the UK, ending blackout risk
Discovery and Sky reach deal in the UK, ending blackout risk

(Reuters) - Discovery Communication Inc's UK unit on Tuesday said it had reached a new carriage deal with Sky Plc, ending an impasse over pricing that had risked a blackout of all Discovery channels from Sky's platform. Less than a week ago a representative for Sky said that the pay-TV company viewed the price expectations for the Discovery portfolio as unrealistic, saying Sky had overpaid Discovery for years. "The deal has been concluded on the right terms after Discovery accepted the proposal we gave them over a week ago," Stephen van Rooyen, CEO of Sky UK and Ireland, said in an e-mailed statement to Reuters.

Trump to order departments to plan to beef up cybersecurity
Trump to order departments to plan to beef up cybersecurity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday on cybersecurity that will require the heads of government agencies to play a more direct role reviewing and managing risks, a White House official said. The order will give the White House budget office a central role in assessing cyber risks for the entire executive branch, and will require agency heads to develop plans to modernize aging information technology systems, the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity. ...

Trump expected to sign cyber security executive order Tuesday: source
Trump expected to sign cyber security executive order Tuesday: source

By Dustin Volz and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on cyber security on Tuesday, two sources familiar with the situation said, marking the first action to address what he has called a top priority of his administration. The order is expected to commission several different reviews of the government's offensive and defensive cyber capabilities, according to one of the sources and a third briefed on a draft of the order that circulated last week. The move follows a presidential campaign that was dominated by running storylines related to cyber security, including the hacking and subsequent leaking of Democratic emails...

Sparks fly as culprit sought for Chile blazes
Sparks fly as culprit sought for Chile blazes

By Anthony Esposito SANTIAGO (Reuters) - As Chilean authorities battle the historic blazes that have taken 11 lives, burned over 1,000 homes and wiped an entire town off the map, the theories about who may be to blame have spread as quickly as the wildfires themselves. The fires have consumed over 379,000 hectares (937,000 acres) in recent days, and cost Chile's forestry industry $350 million in losses. Forest fires are a regular feature of Chile's hot, arid summers, but a nearly decade-long drought combined with historically high temperatures have created tinder-dry conditions.

Japan
Japan's 'Father of PAC-MAN' arcade game dies at 91

Japanese toy and game software maker Bandai Namco Holdings said on Monday that its founder Masaya Nakamura, known as "Father of PAC-MAN", has died at the age of 91. Nakamura, who has served as a top adviser to the company, died on Jan. 22, the group said in a statement. PAC-MAN, a monster-eating game, went on sale in 1980 and proved a big hit in Japan and internationally, prompting the Guinness Book of World Records to name it as the world's most successful arcade game at the time.

Pakistan acquits 112 in case of torching Christian homes over blasphemy rumour
Pakistan acquits 112 in case of torching Christian homes over blasphemy rumour

A Pakistani court acquitted 112 suspects in the 2013 torching of hundreds of Christian homes in the eastern city of Lahore over a rumour that one of the residents there had blasphemed, a lawyer said on Sunday. In March 2013, more than 125 homes in Lahore's Josep Colony were burned by a mob of more than 3,000 Muslims responding to rumours that a local Christian man, Sawan Masih, had made derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammad. Defence lawyer Ghulam Murtaza Chaudhry said an anti-terrorism court in Lahore had acquitted 112 people accused of torching and ransacking hundreds of houses.

Second missing Pakistani blogger found, leaves country fearing for life: family

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani blogger Aasim Saeed who went missing earlier this month has been found but has quickly left the country fearing for his life, his family said on Sunday. Saeed's father said his son was detained by "state agencies" while visiting Pakistan from Singapore, though he did not name which one. Pakistan's government and Federal Investigation Agency have denied holding any of five liberal activists who went missing this month.

Missing Pakistani activist Salman Haider
Missing Pakistani activist Salman Haider 'recovered' in capital

Pakistani poet and activist Salman Haider who went missing from the capital Islamabad earlier this month, just days after four other human rights campaigners disappeared, has been found, local media reported on Saturday. The five missing liberal activists, some of whom have posted blogs criticizing the political influence of the military and speaking up for the rights of religious minorities, had each gone missing separately since Jan. 4. Police sources told Geo News channel that Haider, who disappeared on Jan. 6, was found late on Friday night.

Lionsgate in talks to sell Epix stake to MGM, Viacom: sources
Lionsgate in talks to sell Epix stake to MGM, Viacom: sources

The move follows Liongate's announcement that it would explore its options for its Epix stake following its $4.4 billion acquisition last month of pay TV network Starz Entertainment LLC. Any deal would likely value Epix, which comes with an online streaming service, somewhere between $1 billion and $2 billion, the people said this week.

Canada's Real Matters to go public as early as February: sources

By John Tilak and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Real Matters, a Canadian provider of real estate industry services, is looking to raise about C$150 million in an initial public offering that could come as early as next month, sources familiar with the process said. The IPO is expected to value the company at about C$1 billion, according to the sources, who did not wish to be named because the matter is private. Real Matters is working with BMO Capital Markets on the IPO, and has not selected other investment banks at this point, the sources said.

U.S. federal employee
U.S. federal employee 'gag orders' may be illegal, lawmakers warn Trump

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior Democratic lawmakers on Thursday called on the White House to lift orders barring government agency employees from communicating with the public and Congress, saying such restrictions may violate federal laws. Congressmen Elijah Cummings of Maryland, ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey, ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, sent a letter to White House counsel Donald McGahn asking for immediate action to address the administration's "gag orders on federal employees that prevent them from communicating with Congress.

Young girl who tweeted from Aleppo asks Trump to help Syrian children
Young girl who tweeted from Aleppo asks Trump to help Syrian children

The seven-year-old Syrian girl who gained a global following last year with her Twitter updates from Aleppo has written an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump asking him to help other children her war-torn country. Bana Alabed drew some 363,000 followers after she joined the micro-blogging site in September where she uploaded messages and pictures of daily life in Aleppo on the @AlabedBana handle, an account managed by her mother Fatemah. Turkey has supported rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Factbox: Commercials slated to air during the 2017 Super Bowl

The 51st edition of the Super Bowl will kick off on Sunday, Feb. 5 from Houston's NRG Stadium, pitting the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons. Below are previews of some of the commercials that will run during the Super Bowl: INTEL CORP The technology company will use New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to showcase its 360-degree video technology, which will also be used by Fox during the game to show replays.

Commercials slated to air during the 2017 Super Bowl

(Refiles with correct link for Mr. Clean commercial) NEW YORK, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The 51st edition of the Super Bowl will kick off on Sunday, Feb. 5 from Houston's NRG Stadium, pitting the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons. Below are previews of some of the commercials that will run during the Super Bowl: INTEL CORP The technology company will use New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to showcase its 360-degree video technology, which will also be used by Fox during the game to show replays.

Swedish forces exposed to extensive cyber attack: Dagens Nyheter

Sweden's armed forces were recently exposed to an extensive cyber attack that prompted them to shut down an IT system used in military exercises, daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported on Wednesday. The attack that affected the Caxcis IT system was confirmed to the Swedish newspaper by armed forces spokesman Philip Simon. The system has since been shut down, he told the paper but declined to comment on any further measures being taken or provide details on when the attack took place, when the exercise system was shut down or whether the armed forces know who was behind the attack.

White House says no curb on federal agency media activities
White House says no curb on federal agency media activities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House denied on Wednesday that the new Trump administration ordered a curb on the flow of information from several government agencies involved in environmental issues. "They have not been directed by us to do anything," White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters, adding employees have been told to adhere to their agency's own policies. "But that directive did not come from here." (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe and Susan Heavey; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chris Reese)

#OscarsSoWhite to #OscarsLessWhite; diverse nominees stand out
#OscarsSoWhite to #OscarsLessWhite; diverse nominees stand out

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Oscar nominations on Tuesday honored the largest ever crop of actors of color along with a diverse range of stories, a year after Hollywood was slammed for excluding minority talent. The hashtag highlighted a larger issue within the film industry, where talent and stories of diverse communities can be hard to get made or are not pushed for awards recognition. This year, #OscarsLessWhite was trending on Twitter as each acting category featured actors of color: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis for "Fences," Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris for "Moonlight," and Octavia Spencer for "Hidden Figures."...

Crowd controversy: The making of an Inauguration Day photo
Crowd controversy: The making of an Inauguration Day photo

(This January 23 story corrects time of 2009 photo to sometime between 12:07 p.m. and 12:26 p.m. from 1:27 p.m., in paragraph seven) By Daniel Trotta (Reuters) - The picture that lit up social media and unsettled the White House began with a trek up 50 flights of stairs, nearly to the top of the Washington Monument, for a bird's eye view of Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday as the 45th U.S. president. Reuters had asked the U.S. National Park Service in an email on Jan. 13 whether a photographer could be posted on the observation level near the top of the monument, the highest vantage point overlooking the National Mall. The next business day, the park service agreed to grant...

Crowd controversy: The making of an Inauguration Day photo
Crowd controversy: The making of an Inauguration Day photo

The picture that lit up social media and unsettled the White House began with a trek up 50 flights of stairs, nearly to the top of the Washington Monument, for a bird's eye view of Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday as the 45th U.S. president. Reuters had asked the U.S. National Park Service in an email on Jan. 13 whether a photographer could be posted on the observation level near the top of the monument, the highest vantage point overlooking the National Mall.

United flights delayed after computer glitch grounds U.S. planes
United flights delayed after computer glitch grounds U.S. planes

(Reuters) - A computer problem forced United Airlines to ground all domestic flights for about an hour on Sunday evening, causing a cascade of delays and annoying customers throughout the United States. The "ground halt", which the unit of United Continental Holdings Inc disclosed in a tweet at 8:06 pm ET and lifted about an hour later, follows a series of problems at United and other airlines last year. International flights were not affected, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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