World

China carries out live fire drills, unclear if aimed at Taiwan

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's military has conducted live-fire drills along the southeast coastline, state television reported, but it was unclear if these were the same exercises that had been flagged as taking place in the sensitive Taiwan Strait.

World

Korean Air office raided in probe into 'nut rage' sister: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police on Thursday raided the office of Korean Air Lines in Seoul as part of a probe into the youngest daughter of the airline's chairman, Yonhap News Agency said.

World

Despite strikes, Syria's Assad can still wage chemical attacks: U.S. sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. assessments following the U.S., British and French missile strikes on Syria show they had only a limited impact on President Bashar al-Assad's ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks, four U.S. officials told Reuters.

Politics

California, Trump administration reach deal on National Guard

(Reuters) - California said on Wednesday it had reached a deal with the Trump administration to provide 400 National Guard troops to combat criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers within the state and at the U.S.-Mexico bo

Business

Oil near late-2014 highs as Saudi pushes for higher prices, U.S. crude stocks decline

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices on Thursday remained close to highs touched the previous day that were last seen in late 2014, buoyed as U.S. crude inventories declined and as top exporter Saudi Arabia is expected to keep withholding supply to prop up th

Politics

Ex-Playboy model released from deal not to discuss alleged Trump affair

(Reuters) - Former Playboy model Karen McDougal reached an agreement on Wednesday with tabloid publisher American Media Inc that will allow her to speak freely about an affair she alleges she had with President Donald Trump, the company said in a statemen

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Former U.S. Olympians tell Congress more reforms needed in gymnastics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. gymnastics needs more reforms to wipe out sexual abuse after a scandal involving an ex-team doctor convicted of molesting female athletes, former Olympic athletes told a Senate panel on Wednesday.

Health

AstraZeneca wins U.S. approval for 1st-line use of lung cancer drug

(Reuters) - U.S. regulators have expanded use of AstraZeneca's lung cancer drug Tagrisso to include initial treatment of patients with a specific genetic mutation, the company said on Wednesday.

Business

Resource stocks rally as oil surges, bonds suffer

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Resource stocks were on a roll in Asia on Thursday as oil prices hit heights not seen since late 2014, though the potential boost to inflation globally also pressured fixed-income assets.

Science

Brazilian state prosecutor opposes Total drill plan at mouth of Amazon

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The public prosecutor's office in the northern state of Amapá recommended on Wednesday that Brazil’s environmental regulator Ibama deny French major Total a license to drill for oil near the mouth of the Amazon.

United States

Ex-U.S. soldier, two others convicted of murder-for-hire plot in Philippines

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former U.S. Army sergeant and two other U.S. citizens were found guilty by a jury in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday of taking part in a plot to murder a woman in the Philippines for money, prosecutors said.

United States

Ernst & Young partner accuses firm of brushing off assault complaint

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A partner at Ernst & Young on Wednesday accused the accounting and consulting firm of failing to act when she reported that she had been sexually assaulted by another partner.

Business

AmEx profit tops estimates as record splurge on rewards woos customers

(Reuters) - Credit card issuer American Express Co easily topped Wall Street targets for quarterly profit as record investments in card rewards and a strengthening U.S. economy contributed to higher customer spending.

Finance

Cboe blasts 'draconian' plan to test banning stock exchange rebates

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A plan by U.S. regulators to test banning the rebates stock exchanges pay to brokers that provide liquidity, in an effort to reduce potential conflicts of interest, will...

Technology

Amazon says it has more than 100 million Prime members

(Reuters) - Amazon Inc said on Wednesday it now has more than 100 million Amazon Prime members globally.

Sport

As driving career ends Patrick remains driven

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Danica Patrick may soon no longer be a race car driver but the only woman to win an IndyCar race remains as driven as ever as she speeds toward one last Indianapolis 500 and the end of a ground-breaking career.

Technology

Qualcomm begins layoffs as part of cost cuts: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc has begun cutting jobs as part of its promise to investors to cut costs by $1 billion, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Top News

U.S. states look to tax day to gauge fallout from federal tax law

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Taxpayer actions in response to sweeping federal tax changes passed by the U.S. Congress late last year will likely force states that tax personal income to tear up their revenue forecasts and start again.

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New York attorney general wants power to bypass Trump pardons

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's attorney general on Wednesday asked Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators to give him and other local prosecutors power to bring criminal charges against people pardoned by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Finance

SEC proposes 'best interest' standard for retail investors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday proposed a rule that requires new disclosures for registered broker-dealers giving investors financial advice.

Science

Britain to ban sale of plastic straws in bid to fight waste

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said.

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New York nanny convicted in stabbing deaths of two young children

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York nanny was found guilty on Wednesday of stabbing to death two children in her care at their luxury Manhattan apartment, in a case that drew national headlines.

Health

Experts query case for GlaxoSmithKline's new 3-in-1 lung drug

LONDON (Reuters) - Two medical experts have urged caution in using a new three-in-one inhaler for chronic lung disease from GlaxoSmithKline, which the company hopes will help it keep its lead in respiratory medicine despite rising competition.

Technology

'Hey Alexa, where's my delivery?' XPO Logistics unveils voice tracking

ATLANTA (Reuters) - XPO Logistics Inc, the largest provider of last-mile deliveries for heavy and bulky items in North America, unveiled on Wednesday voice-enabled delivery tracking through Amazon.com Inc's Echo or Alphabet Inc's Google Home speakers.

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