Democrats huddle to draft impeachment charges against Trump

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives met on Saturday to prepare for what could be the final week of their months-old impeachment inquiry that has imperiled Donald Trump's presidency.

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07.Dec.2019


Buttigieg pledges billions to curb education disparities

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg vowed on Saturday to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to improve public education if elected, with a plan that boosts funds for "underserved children" and expands early childhood learning.

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07.Dec.2019


Saudi airman may have become radicalized before U.S. Navy base attack

The Saudi airman accused of killing three people at a U.S. Navy base in Florida appeared to have posted criticism of U.S. wars and quoted slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on social media hours before the shooting spree, according to a group that tracks online extremism.

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07.Dec.2019


United States and Iran swap prisoners in rare act of cooperation

The United States and Iran each freed a prisoner on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened since President Donald Trump took office.

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07.Dec.2019


U.S. defense secretary can't label U.S. base attack 'terrorism' at this point

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was not prepared at this point to label as "terrorism" the attack a day earlier at a U.S. Navy base in Florida, where a Saudi airman is accused of killing three people.

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07.Dec.2019


Factbox: Reactions to Iran-U.S. prisoner swap

The United States and Iran swapped prisoners - an American detained for three years on spying charges and an imprisoned Iranian - on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes.

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07.Dec.2019


Factbox: Rise in U.S.-Iran tensions precedes prisoner swap

In a year of heightened tensions between Iran and the United States that brought the longtime foes to the brink of military conflict, a swap of prisoners on Saturday was a rare act of cooperation.

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07.Dec.2019


U.S. hopes U.S. citizen's release means more progress possible with Iran

The United States is hopeful that the release of U.S. citizen Xiyue Wang by Iran will lead to the freeing of other Americans held there and is a sign Tehran is willing to come to the table to talk about other issues, a senior U.S. administration official said on Saturday.

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07.Dec.2019


Saudi airman in U.S. for training suspected in deadly shooting at Florida naval base

(This December 6 story corrects first paragraph to show gunman killed three people, not four; corrects paragraph 14 to show three people slain, not two)

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07.Dec.2019


U.S. health spending recovers after two slow years: CMS

(This Dec. 5 story corrects first paragraph to say growth was slower not declined in previous years, removes reference to projected spending in eighth paragraph)

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07.Dec.2019


Bankrupt PG&E reaches $13.5 billion settlement with California wildfire victims

California's bankrupt power producer PG&E Corp said on Friday it had reached a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of some of most devastating wildfires in the state's modern history.

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07.Dec.2019


U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to resume federal executions

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request by President Donald Trump's administration to proceed with plans to carry out the first executions of federal death row inmates since 2003.

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06.Dec.2019


Trump says U.S. will finalize new fuel efficiency rules next year

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that his administration will finalize its rollback of Obama-era vehicle emissions standards next year and expected it would provoke a new legal challenge by California.

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06.Dec.2019


U.S. EPA proposed biofuel blending requirements 'similar' to October plan - EPA official

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has delivered a proposal on biofuel blending requirements for 2020 to the White House Office of Management and Budget, an EPA official said on Friday.

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06.Dec.2019


U.S. Supreme Court takes up fight over Delaware judicial appointments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether the state of Delaware's system of requiring ideologically balanced courts is lawful.

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06.Dec.2019


Prosecutors seek to up Harvey Weinstein's bail, citing violations

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has at times failed to wear a required electronic tracking device, New York prosecutors said Friday, asking a judge to increase his bail to $5 million, from $1 million, as he awaits trial on sexual assault charges.

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06.Dec.2019


Trump takes aim at trickle-down toilets, faucets

President Donald Trump said on Friday he has directed his environmental regulators to find answers to what he said is a big problem - water-conserving showers, faucets and toilets.

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06.Dec.2019


"All clear" given at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida after bomb threat

An "all clear" signal was given at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida on Friday an hour after a bomb threat forced authorities to evacuate the area, the base said in a tweet.

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06.Dec.2019


Disappearing frontier: Alaska's glaciers retreating at record pace

Alaska will soon close a year that is shaping up as its hottest on record, with glaciers in the "Frontier State" melting at record or near-record levels, pouring waters into rising global seas, scientists said after taking fall measurements.

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06.Dec.2019


Saudi king orders security services to cooperate with U.S. in probe of Florida shooting

Saudi Arabia's King Salman told U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday he has directed his security services to cooperate with U.S. authorities investigating the deadly shooting at a Florida military base and assured him the "perpetrator of this heinous crime" does not represent the Saudi people.

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06.Dec.2019


U.S. National News

  • Hong Kong gears up for mass rally as government appeals for calm

    Hong Kong was gearing up for a mass rally on Sunday that is expected to gauge support for pro-democracy demonstrations in the Chinese-ruled city as the government appealed to people to express their views peacefully. Police gave the green light to Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) - organiser of largely peaceful million-strong marches in June - to hold the rally, the first time the group has been granted permission for a protest since Aug. 18. Activists will march from Victoria Park in the bustling shopping district of Causeway Bay to Chater Road near the heart of the financial hub, the route of similar protests, most of which started out peacefully but later descended into violence.


  • UPDATE 1-Hong Kong AmCham chairman and president denied entry to Macau

    The chairman and president of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Hong Kong were separately denied entry to the neighbouring Chinese-ruled city of Macau on Saturday after being detained by immigration officials. Chairman Robert Grieves and President Tara Joseph were travelling to the former Portuguese colony of Macau for the annual AmCham Macau Ball and said authorities did not provide a reason for refusing to allow them entry.


  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    An "all clear" signal was given at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida on Friday an hour after a bomb threat forced authorities to evacuate the area, the base said in a tweet. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg vowed on Saturday to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to improve public education if elected, with a plan that boosts funds for "underserved children" and expands early childhood learning. California's bankrupt power producer PG&E Corp said on Friday it had reached a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of some of most devastating wildfires in the state's modern history.


  • Reuters World News Summary

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is heading into Britain's election next week with a lead in opinion polls, but some of the surveys also suggest that his chance of winning a parliamentary majority could be too close to call. Four opinion polls published on Saturday put the lead of Johnson's Conservative Party over the main opposition Labour Party at between eight and 15 points, five days before the Dec. 12 national election. Four people were killed and two injured in a shooting on Saturday near Mexico's National Palace, the presidential residence in the capital's historic downtown, officials said.


  • NYC set to require 'bird-friendly' glass on new construction

    New York City lawmakers are poised to adopt legislation requiring “bird-friendly” glass on all new construction in an effort to cut down on the tens of thousands of birds who die flying into the city's buildings every year. New York will be the largest city in the nation to require glass that is visible to birds if the measure passes. Groups that monitor bird populations said they are thrilled at the prospect of the legislation's adoption in New York City.


  • UPDATE 2-Four dead in shooting near Mexico's presidential residence

    Four people were killed and two injured in a shooting on Saturday near Mexico's National Palace, the presidential residence in the capital's historic downtown, officials said. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was traveling outside of Mexico City on Saturday. Preliminary reports indicated an armed man entered a building on a small street near the palace looking to relieve himself, Mexico City police said.


  • Film star Helen Mirren decries 'disturbing' global rise in homelessness

    Oscar-winning British actor Helen Mirren has hit out against the "exponential rise in homelessness" as she prepared to sleep out in central London on Saturday as part of a global charity appeal to fight the scourge. Mirren joined Hollywood stars Will Smith and Brian Cox and an estimated 50,000 people in the "World's Big Sleep Out" event, which takes place in more than 50 cities from New York to Delhi and raises funds for homeless causes. "What's disturbing, profoundly, to me is the exponential rise in homelessness that I've noticed... in every city in Los Angeles, in New York, in London," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.


  • Hospital identifies man who survived Pearl Harbor shooting

    A hospital has identified the man who was wounded in Wednesday's shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Roger Nakamine, 36, is a Department of Defense employee who was working as an apprentice at the shipyard when a sailor opened fire, the Queen’s Medical Center said in a statement. Gabriel Romero, 22, shot and killed two people — and wounded Nakamine — with his service weapon before taking his own life.


Health News

Half of lymphoma patients alive three years after Gilead cell therapy treatment: study

Nearly half of lymphoma patients treated with Gilead Sciences Inc's Yescarta were alive at least three years after a one-time infusion of the CAR-T cell therapy, according to data presented on Saturday.

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07.Dec.2019


Bristol-Myers reports positive data on cancer treatment acquired in Celgene deal

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co on Saturday said that an experimental cancer therapy it acquired as part of its $74 billion deal for Celgene Corp produced positive results in a clinical trial.

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07.Dec.2019


U.S. health spending recovers after two slow years: CMS

(This Dec. 5 story corrects first paragraph to say growth was slower not declined in previous years, removes reference to projected spending in eighth paragraph)

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07.Dec.2019


Samoa says almost 90% of people vaccinated against measles after deadly outbreak

Samoa said on Saturday nearly 90% of eligible people had been vaccinated against measles as it lifted a two-day curfew imposed amid an outbreak that has killed 65 in recent weeks.

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06.Dec.2019


Weight-loss surgery between pregnancies tied to better outcomes

(Reuters Health) - Obese women who have weight-loss surgery between pregnancies may be less likely to experience complications like high blood pressure and preterm births in their second pregnancy, a recent study suggests.

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06.Dec.2019


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Peloton 'wife' pops up in new advertisement

The actress who appeared in a widely criticized Christmas advertisement for exercise bike maker Peloton Interactive Inc has a new role selling gin for actor Ryan Reynolds.

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07.Dec.2019


'Tosca' with a touch of cinema enthrals Milan's La Scala at opening night

"Tosca", Giacomo Puccini's opera about a diva prepared to do anything for love, was given a cinematic flavor as it opened La Scala's season for the first time, winning a 16-minute ovation and a stage strewn with flowers from the audience on Saturday.

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07.Dec.2019


Prosecutors seek to up Harvey Weinstein's bail, citing violations

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has at times failed to wear a required electronic tracking device, New York prosecutors said Friday, asking a judge to increase his bail to $5 million, from $1 million, as he awaits trial on sexual assault charges.

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06.Dec.2019


'Irishman' draws 17 million U.S. viewers on Netflix, Nielsen estimates

Martin Scorsese's new gangster film "The Irishman" was watched by an estimated 17.1 million Americans in its first five days of release on Netflix, according to Nielsen data released on Friday.

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06.Dec.2019


'Super Trouper': ABBA exhibition opens in London

From a superfan's shrine to a replica of the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest stage where they triumphed with "Waterloo", a new exhibition opening in London on Friday looks back at the huge success of Swedish pop sensation ABBA.

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06.Dec.2019


Bulgarian Mutafova, one of world's oldest actresses, dies at 97

Bulgarian Stoyanka Mutafova, one of the world's oldest actresses performing regularly on stage, has died aged 97.

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06.Dec.2019


Singer Camila Cabello says 'Romance' album is all about falling in love

Camila Cabello is making up for lost time.

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06.Dec.2019


'It's bittersweet': Leia has key role as 'Star Wars' wraps Skywalker saga

The highly anticipated final chapter in the Skywalker film saga will feature a significant role for Princess Leia, the beloved "Star Wars" character played by late actress Carrie Fisher.

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05.Dec.2019


R. Kelly faces new bribery charge in Brooklyn criminal case

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn on Thursday unveiled a new criminal charge against singer R. Kelly, accusing him of arranging to bribe an official as part of a scheme to recruit underage girls for sex.

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05.Dec.2019


Artists and DJs perform at Avicii tribute concert in Stockholm

DJs and singers such as France's David Guetta and Briton Rita Ora performed a tribute concert for charity in Stockholm on Thursday in honor of the late Swedish DJ Avicii.

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05.Dec.2019