Democratic White House hopeful Warren rails against corruption at big N.Y. rally

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Monday denounced the corruption she argues has crippled the country's politics and economy, drawing her largest crowd thus far in a sign of her campaign's growing strength.

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17.Sep.2019


U.S. House panel launches investigation of transportation chief Chao

A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Monday demanded documents from Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao as part of a new investigation into whether she has used her office to benefit a shipping company owned by her family.

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16.Sep.2019


Uber to limit drivers' app access to comply with NYC regulation

Uber on Tuesday will begin limiting drivers' access to its app in New York City to comply with regulation aimed at boosting drivers' pay and easing congestion in Manhattan, laws that Uber says will have unintended consequences.

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16.Sep.2019


Explainer: U.S. enacts sweeping new asylum bar following Supreme Court decision

The U.S. Supreme Court last week allowed a Trump administration rule to temporarily take effect that will radically reduce the number of migrants eligible to seek U.S. asylum. Judges and asylum officers are now being directed to implement it.

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16.Sep.2019


California governor acts to stem 'epidemic' of youth vaping

California's governor on Monday ordered a public awareness campaign on health risks posed by a "youth epidemic" of vaping, but said he lacked authority to unilaterally ban flavored e-cigarettes that he said were deliberately marketed to children.

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16.Sep.2019


U.S. CDC activates emergency operations center for vaping-related illnesses

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday it has activated its emergency operations center to coordinate the investigation into hundreds of cases of severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use.

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16.Sep.2019


Workers picket GM plants as UAW contract talks resume

Negotiators for General Motors Co and the United Auto Workers were continuing talks Monday afternoon to resolve a strike that shut down the automaker's highly profitable U.S. operations.

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16.Sep.2019


Cheers and honking horns greet first day of UAW strike against GM

Willie Elzy has been readying for a possible strike against General Motors Co for months and, pointing to a parking lot full of freshly built pickup trucks, he says it's clear the automaker has been preparing too.

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16.Sep.2019


U.S. utilities file legal challenge to Trump power plant rule

Con Edison and eight other U.S. utilities mostly from Democratic-led states have filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration's plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants, which replaces a much tougher Obama-era rule.

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16.Sep.2019


Jeffrey Epstein accusers cannot recoup damages over lenient plea deal: U.S. judge

A group of women who said Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused them are not entitled to money damages from the United States even though federal prosecutors kept them in the dark about the financier's lenient non-prosecution agreement more than a decade ago, a Florida judge ruled on Monday.

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16.Sep.2019


Trump orders two ex-White House aides not to testify at House hearing on Tuesday

President Donald Trump has ordered two former White House aides not to testify at a House of Representatives committee hearing on Tuesday as the panel considers whether to recommend impeaching Trump.

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16.Sep.2019


UAW workers head for picket lines in first national strike against GM since 2007

The United Auto Workers (UAW) went on strike at General Motors just after midnight Sunday and about 48,000 hourly workers at its facilities are headed for the picket lines in the morning, union officials said early Monday.

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16.Sep.2019


Trump urges GM, UAW to resolve contract dispute

U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday that General Motors Co and the United Auto Workers union should "get together and make a deal." Trump tweeted about five hours before the union is set launch its first nationwide strike at GM in 12 years.

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16.Sep.2019


Senior U.S. Democrat focused on Trump impeachment, not Kavanaugh

The chairman of the U.S. congressional committee responsible for launching any impeachment efforts said on Monday he is focused on investigating President Donald Trump, signaling that calls by some fellow Democrats for impeaching Trump's Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh would have to take a back seat.

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16.Sep.2019


Cars front man Ric Ocasek died while recovering from surgery: family

Cars front man Ric Ocasek died peacefully over the weekend while recovering from surgery at his family's home in Manhattan, his wife, the actress and model Paulina Porizkova, said in an Instagram post on Monday.

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16.Sep.2019


Electric pickup, batteries included in GM's $7 billion pledge

An all-electric pickup truck and an advanced battery system will be part of the $7 billion that General Motors Co has pledged to invest in the United States as parts of contract talks with the United Auto Workers.

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16.Sep.2019


U.S. farmers receive $4.07 billion of latest government trade aid

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has paid $4.07 billion of its latest round of compensation for farmers suffering from the trade war with China as of Monday, Communications Director Michawn Rich said in an email to Reuters.

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16.Sep.2019


Detroit mayor wants to wipe out residential blight with bonds

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan unveiled a plan on Monday to sell up to $250 million of bonds to tackle the city's remaining blighted and abandoned houses over the next five years.

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16.Sep.2019


U.S. records no new measles cases for first week since January

Health officials recorded no new cases of measles in the United States last week, marking the first week without new cases of the disease since January, amid an outbreak largely linked to parents who declined to vaccinate their children.

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16.Sep.2019


Opioid plaintiffs fight bid to disqualify U.S. judge before trial

Lawyers for cities and counties suing drug companies over the opioid epidemic on Monday objected to a bid by pharmaceutical distributors and pharmacies to disqualify the federal judge overseeing the cases, saying it had no basis and came too late.

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16.Sep.2019


U.S. National News

  • UPDATE 1-Solomons to have 'unprecedented' development opportunities, China says

    The Solomon Islands will have unprecedented development opportunities now that it has ditched ties with Taiwan in favour of China, Beijing said on Tuesday, a major victory for China in its campaign to pressure the self-ruled, democratic island. The Solomon Islands was the sixth country to switch allegiance to China since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in Taiwan in 2016.


  • UPDATE 1-Explosion hits Afghan capital Kabul, six killed

    A blast in the centre of Afghanistan's capital Kabul killed at least six people on Tuesday, police officials said. "We are investigating whether it was a suicide attack or whether a magnetic bomb was attached to a motor-bike," interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. In a separate incident, an explosion near an election rally attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani killed 24 people and injured 31 others in Charikar, capital of Parwan province, north of Kabul, health officials said.


  • FOREX-Dollar firm as markets wary over rising MidEast tensions, wait for Fed

    The dollar stood tall against other major currencies on Tuesday as geopolitical risks encouraged investors to flock to the relative safe-appeal of the greenback before a U.S. central bank policy meeting this week, where a rate cut is widely expected. "The dollar is in demand as risk sentiment remains weak and it will be difficult for the Fed to overcome already dovish market expectations," said Manuel Oliveri, an FX strategist at Credit Agricole in London. Traders widely expect the Fed will cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, and one more cut is largely priced in before the end of 2019.


  • Russia has not been asked to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran -Kremlin

    The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it had not received a formal request from any party for Moscow to act as a mediator between Saudi Arabia and Iran following an attack on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure. Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow had not received any new information about the attack that could help it draw any final conclusions about the incident.


  • Spain king seeks candidate to form gov't, avert new election

    Spain's King Felipe VI is wrapping up two days of talks with political party leaders, hoping he can find a candidate that can win parliament's backing to form a government and avert a second national election this year. Sanchez's party holds 123 seats in the 350-member lower chamber and is the top candidate, but he has been unable to garner sufficient backing. Sanchez was to call the leaders of the three main opposition parties before meeting the king to see if they might finally support him, or at least abstain.


  • UPDATE 1-Hurricane Humberto gains strength as it heads toward Bermuda, away from U.S. coast

    Hurricane Humberto is expected to become a major hurricane with 111 mph (178 kph) winds by Tuesday night or early Wednesday, forecasters said, as the storm tracked towards Bermuda after strengthening early on Tuesday. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Bermuda could be hit with tropical storm force winds and up to three inches of rain by Wednesday, and was at risk of life-threatening waves and tides. The center of the hurricane is expected to approach the archipelago Wednesday night, the NHC said, and current tracks show it side-swiping Bermuda's west coast Thursday.


  • UPDATE 1-Iran confirms detention of three Australians - Fars

    Iran's judiciary on Tuesday confirmed the detention of three Australian citizens that had been announced last week by the Australian government, according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency. "Two of them had taken pictures in military areas and the third (was detained) for spying for a third country," Fars quoted judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili as saying. Australia's foreign ministry had said it was providing consular assistance to the families of three Australians detained in Iran after Britain's Times newspaper reported that two British-Australian women and the Australian boyfriend of one of them had been detained in Iran.


  • UPDATE 1-Apple says $14 bln EU tax order 'defies reality and common sense'

    The European Union's order for Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14 billion) in back taxes to Ireland "defies reality and common sense," the U.S. company said on Tuesday, as it launched a legal challenge against the 2016 ruling. The iPhone maker also accused the executive European Commission of using its powers to combat state aid "to retrofit changes to national law," in effect trying to change the international tax system and in the process creating legal uncertainty for businesses. Apple's arguments at the General Court, Europe's second-highest, came after the EU executive in 2016 said the tech giant benefited from illegal state aid due to two Irish tax rulings which artificially reduced its tax burden for over two decades.


Health News

With a backup to the backup, insulin makers say they're primed for Brexit

For two men trained as scientists, the bosses of Britain's major insulin providers have had to become experts in ferry schedules, trucking laws and warehouse capacity as they seek to guarantee the supply of life-saving drugs through a chaotic Brexit.

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17.Sep.2019


Factbox: Britain's insulin providers prepare for Brexit fallout

With Britain sourcing the vast majority of the insulin needed by its 1 million diabetics from overseas, its biggest providers have had to restructure their supply chains in case a chaotic Brexit disrupts the normal arteries of trade.

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17.Sep.2019


Perils of gender and geography hamper global development, report finds

Despite steady development gains, a child's birthplace is still the biggest predictor of its future health, and no matter which country you're born in, life is harder if you're a girl, a major report said on Tuesday.

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17.Sep.2019


South Korea on highest alert after African swine fever found

South Korea has raised its animal disease alert to the highest level after discovering its first outbreak of deadly African swine fever at a pig farm in Paju, a town near its border with North Korea, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.

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16.Sep.2019


AstraZeneca diabetes drug granted fast track status for heart failure treatment

AstraZeneca's diabetes drug, Farxiga, has been granted fast track designation by U.S. regulators for the treatment of heart failure, boosting prospects of wider use of the drug and putting it ahead of rivals.

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16.Sep.2019


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Cars front man Ric Ocasek died while recovering from surgery: family

Cars front man Ric Ocasek died peacefully over the weekend while recovering from surgery at his family's home in Manhattan, his wife, the actress and model Paulina Porizkova, said in an Instagram post on Monday.

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16.Sep.2019


Tisci takes Burberry's Victorian past to the future in spring show

Italian designer Riccardo Tisci looked to Burberry's Victorian roots for the luxury British brand's latest line at London Fashion Week on Monday, mixing delicate lace with edgy street style for looks aimed at catering to different age groups.

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16.Sep.2019


Who calls the tunes in space? Brad Pitt asks NASA astronaut

Brad Pitt traded laughs on Monday in a call to the International Space Station with a NASA astronaut, who somersaulted during the zero-gravity interview ahead of this week's release of the actor's new film, the space thriller "Ad Astra."

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16.Sep.2019


Ric Ocasek, singer for The Cars, dies at 75

Ric Ocasek, the idiosyncratic lead singer and chief songwriter of the 1970s and 80s hook-heavy hitmakers The Cars, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 75.

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16.Sep.2019


Exclusive: Tinder breaks into scripted original content, wraps filming first video series - sources

Popular dating app Tinder has wrapped filming on its first television series, as owner Match Group Inc seeks to dive deeper into creating original content, people with direct knowledge of the project told Reuters.

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16.Sep.2019


Classic sitcom 'Seinfeld' will head to Netflix in 2021

Netflix Inc landed the global streaming rights for classic TV sitcom "Seinfeld," the company said on Monday, bolstering its digital catalog as it faces the loss of two popular series.

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16.Sep.2019


'Jojo Rabbit' wins Toronto film festival's Oscar-bellwether award

New Zealander Taika Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit" on Sunday won the audience award given at the end of the Toronto International Film Festival, which has in many past years been a bellwether for Academy Award winners.

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16.Sep.2019


Victoria Beckham sees 'women in motion' for next spring at London Fashion

Victoria Beckham chose a light and fluid silhouette for the female wardrobe next spring, presenting a line for "women in motion" at her London Fashion Week show on Sunday.

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15.Sep.2019


Box Office: 'Hustlers' racks up solid $33 million debut, 'Goldfinch' bombs

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) - "Hustlers" rolled in the Benjamins this weekend, collecting $33.2 million when it debuted in 3,250 North American theaters.

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15.Sep.2019


Apple TV+ premieres with star-studded period drama 'Dickinson' at Tribeca Festival

Apple TV+ premiered its first show at the Tribeca TV Festival on Saturday, flaunting feminist snark, lavish period costumes and a star-studded cast in "Dickinson," a series that sheds a modern light on the life of an iconic American poet.

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15.Sep.2019