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Trump praises response to Puerto Rico, says crisis straining budget

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:49pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump expressed satisfaction on Tuesday with the federal response to Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico, despite criticism that the government was slow to address the crisis and two weeks later much of the island's residents are still without basic necessities.

Goldman CEO keeps open mind on digital currency bitcoin

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:38pm
(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein said he is keeping an open mind on bitcoin after a media report that the investment bank was exploring a new trading operation dedicated to cryptocurrencies.

Defense Secretary Mattis suggests sticking with Iran nuclear deal

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:34pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday the United States should consider staying in the Iran nuclear deal unless it were proven that Tehran was not abiding by the agreement or that it was not in the U.S. national interest to do so.

Trump administration backs citizenship path for 'Dreamers': official

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:21pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration would support legislation allowing illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children to gain lawful permanent status and eventually citizenship, a Department of Homeland Security official said in testimony to Congress on Tuesday.

Two Wall Street giants criticize Trump tax plan

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:07pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tax reform plan came under new criticism on Tuesday from two towering Wall Street figures, including billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who called into question a Republican drive to slash the U.S. corporate rate.

Short sellers 'clamoring' to borrow Roku shares: S3 Partners

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 2:04pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Traders on Tuesday were "clamoring" to borrow shares of Roku in order to sell them short following the video-streaming company's initial public offer last week, according to S3 Partners.

Tesla shares recover from bottleneck fears

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:00pm
(Reuters) - Investors put aside worries about Tesla Inc meeting production targets for its Model 3 mass-market sedan to push the electric car maker's shares higher on Tuesday, overturning an initial drop of almost 3 percent.

Supreme Court justices divided in major voting rights case

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:38pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court justices expressed distaste on Tuesday toward the long-standing U.S. political practice of drawing electoral maps simply to entrench one party in power but appeared deeply divided over whether to do anything about it.

Uber CEO meeting with London transport authority 'constructive'

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:47am
LONDON (Reuters) - Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi had a constructive meeting with London's transport boss on Tuesday, the company said, just days after the city refused to renew its operating license.

U.S. orders expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:44am
WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of 15 Cuban diplomats after pulling more than half of its own embassy staff out of Havana last week, further escalating tensions between the United States and Cuba.

U.S. Supreme Court justices divided in major voting rights case

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:24am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court justices expressed distaste on Tuesday toward the long-standing U.S. political practice of drawing electoral maps simply to entrench one party in power but appeared deeply divided over whether to do anything about it.

House Republicans seek $1 billion in Medicaid funds for Puerto Rico

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:34am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Puerto Rico, struggling to recover from hurricane damage, could receive $1 billion in additional funding for the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor under a proposal from a U.S. House of Representatives panel, a congressional aide said on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of Catalans take to streets to protest police action

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:26am
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia on Tuesday to protest against Sunday's violent crackdown by Spanish police on an outlawed independence referendum for the region.

Las Vegas police look for motive in deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 8:38am
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Police sought clues on Tuesday to explain why a retiree who enjoyed gambling but had no criminal record set up a vantage point in a high-rise Las Vegas hotel and poured gunfire onto a concert below, slaying dozens of people before killing himself.

U.S. trio win Nobel for finding Einstein's gravitational waves

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 7:51am
STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - Three U.S. scientists won the 2017 Nobel prize for physics on Tuesday for opening up a new era of astronomy by detecting gravitational waves, ripples in space and time foreseen by Albert Einstein a century ago.

Fiat Chrysler recalls 646,394 SUVs for brake issue

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 6:40am
(Reuters) - FCA US LLC, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's U.S. arm, said it was voluntarily recalling about 646,394 SUVs in the United States to check shields that protect brake boosters for proper installation.

Defense disputes nerve agent used to kill North Korean leader's half-brother

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 6:34am
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Lawyers for two women accused of murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Tuesday low enzyme levels in his blood may have been caused by liver disease or hormone pills rather than a lethal nerve agent.

The press, branded the 'enemy' by Trump, increasingly trusted by the public: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 6:08am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans are increasingly confident in the news media and less so in President Donald Trump's administration after a tumultuous year in U.S. politics that tested the public's trust in both institutions, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday.

Rohingya refugees scoff at Myanmar's assurances on going home

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 5:52am
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh were skeptical on Tuesday about their chances of ever going home to Myanmar, even though the government there has given an assurance it would accept people verified as refugees.

Consumer lending, insurance issues to weigh on Wells' CEO's Senate appearance on Tuesday

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 5:45am
(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co CEO Tim Sloan will be questioned about sales practices, mischarging customers for auto insurance, and complaints about mortgage fees at the bank's consumer lending unit when he testifies before U.S. senators on Tuesday.