Business

Alcoa reports bigger quarterly loss

(Reuters) - Aluminum producer Alcoa Corp reported a bigger quarterly loss on Wednesday, hurt by the closure and divestiture of some smelting assets.

United States

No bail for ex-death row inmate charged with sex trafficking

An exonerated death row inmate from Delaware has been ordered held without bail on a sex trafficking charge in Hawaii.

United States

Tillerson signals deeper US military commitment in Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled deeper U.S. commitment to Syria on Wednesday, saying America would maintain its military presence there to prevent an Islamic State resurgence.

United States

Senators grill social media companies over terrorist posts

Lawmakers grilled executives Facebook, Google's YouTube and Twitter on Wednesday about what the companies are doing to prevent terrorists from using their platforms to spread propaganda and recruit new followers.

United States

Award may drop name of author tied to sterilization movement

The Vermont Board of Libraries has recommended that the name of a prominent Vermont author, activist and pioneering education supporter be removed from a children's book award program to better connect with young readers.

United States

Ex-Michigan teacher enters plea deal in prostitution case

A former Michigan middle school band teacher acquitted in 2002 of sexual conduct involving a student has pleaded guilty in a separate case to attempting to engage a minor for prostitution.

Sport

Rallying: Sainz stretches Dakar lead after penalty rescinded

(Reuters) - Spaniard Carlos Sainz stretched his Dakar Rally lead to more than an hour on Wednesday after organizers rescinded a 10-minute penalty imposed earlier in the week for an incident with a quadbike.

Entertainment

NBC sends Katie Couric to Olympics in new embarrassment for Megyn Kelly

NBC announced it would bring back former employee Katie Couric to co-host the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month, a surprise move following the network’s announcement that new NBC News star Megyn Kelly wouldn’t travel to Sout

World

US withholds hurricane emergency loan sought by Puerto Rico

A billion-dollar emergency loan approved by Congress to help Puerto Rico deal with the effects of Hurricane Maria has been temporarily withheld by federal officials who say the U.S. territory is not facing a cash shortage like it has repeatedly warned abo

United States

The Latest: Company investigating wedding program incident

The Latest on a federal lawsuit that claims Vistaprint sent a gay couple religious pamphlets with messages about sin and temptation rather than the wedding programs they ordered (all times local): 4:30 p.m.

Business

Apple issues $2,500 bonuses to employees after new tax law: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Apple Inc told its employees on Wednesday that the iPhone maker is issuing a bonus of $2,500 worth of restricted stock units following the new U.S. tax reform, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Entertainment

Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers won't face jail time for 2017 body-shaming incident

After getting a warning from the court, Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers stepped up her community service game and will officially avoid spending any time in jail for her body-shaming incident last year.

Travel

Couple claims honeymoon cruise was ruined by 'poop' shower

They say sewage was spewing up from the drain.

World

Plane with 6 on board missing in Bahamas, official says

Aviation officials in the Bahamas say a search is ongoing for a small plane that was traveling to the capital of Nassau and never reached its destination.

Sport

NCAA rules Orange Bowl counts as home loss for Hurricanes

The NCAA says that Miami's loss to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl counts as a home loss for the Hurricanes.

Technology

Under threat: Cyber security startups fall on harder times

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A wave of cyber attacks by criminals, spies and hacker activists should make these heady days for U.S. cyber security startups.

United States

Coach tells ex-USA gymnastics doctor Nassar in court to 'go to hell'

LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - A coach who sent dozens of young girls for treatment to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes, told the disgraced physicians on Wednesday to "go to hell" for his crimes.

Entertainment

Scathing Trump book 'Fire and Fury' heads to television

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Wolff's explosive behind-the-scenes book about U.S. President Donald Trump, "Fire and Fury," is headed for television, Hollywood trade publications reported on Wednesday.

United States

New details out on death of radio host's suspected killer

Prosecutors have released new details about the drug overdose death of the man they say was hired to kill a radio host in New Jersey.

United States

Detroit church offers sanctuary to man facing deportation

A Detroit church is giving sanctuary to a Michigan man who is facing deportation to Albania.

United States

Cellphone jamming system tested at Maryland prison

Federal prisons officials have tested a jamming technology that officials hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with cellphones.

World

U.S. signals open-ended presence in Syria, seeks patience on Assad's removal

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The United States signaled on Wednesday an open-ended military presence in Syria as part of a broader U.S. strategy to prevent Islamic State's resurgence, pave the way diplomatically for the eventual departure of Syrian Presi

Entertainment

Shari Redstone explores adding new CBS directors: WSJ

(Reuters) - Shari Redstone has discussed adding new directors to the board of CBS Corp as she renews her push to merge the company with Viacom Inc, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

United States

Alabama student investigated over videos using racial slur

The University of Alabama says social media videos of a student repeatedly using a racial slur have been reported to the school's student-conduct office.

Entertainment

'Jersey Shore' star Sorrentino to plead guilty in tax case

(Reuters) - Former reality TV celebrity Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino is expected to plead guilty in a tax evasion case where U.S. prosecutors accused him and his brother of hiding millions of dollars he made while starring in the MTV series "Jersey

Politics

Congress grills social media giants on efforts to curtail terror content

Congress on Wednesday demanded answers from tech giants including Facebook and Twitter about whether they’re doing enough to keep terror networks off social media, even suggesting that their reports about thwarting such efforts show they’re

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