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Tillerson says he never considered resigning

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:46am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday he had never considered resigning and that he was committed to Donald Trump's agenda but declined to directly address whether he had referred to the president as a "moron" as NBC News has reported.

Special Report: The bankrupt utility behind Puerto Rico’s power crisis

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:29am
SALINAS, Puerto Rico/NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the rural village of Salinas in southern Puerto Rico, frayed electric lines hanging from a utility pole blew in the breeze last week near the town square.

Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend has 'clean conscience': brother tells media

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:36am
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Investigators probing the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert planned to interview the gunman's girlfriend on Wednesday, a day after she returned to the United States from the Philippines, while her relatives told media she had not known of his plan.

Russia throws North Korea lifeline to stymie regime change

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 8:37am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is quietly boosting economic support for North Korea to try to stymie any U.S.-led push to oust Kim Jong Un as Moscow fears his fall would sap its regional clout and allow U.S. troops to deploy on Russia's eastern border.

Catalonia to move to declare independence from Spain on Monday

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 8:30am
MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain, a regional government source said, as the European Union nation nears a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy and has unnerved financial markets.

Microscope trailblazers win chemistry Nobel for 'freeze framing' life

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 7:51am
STOCKHOLM/LONDON (Reuters) - A trio of Swiss, American and British scientists won the 2017 Nobel chemistry prize on Wednesday for developing cryo-electron microscopy, allowing researchers to see biological molecules frozen in action.

Whirlpool's washer war is balancing act for Trump

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 7:49am
Clyde, Ohio(Reuters) - In the middle of Whirlpool Corp's bustling washer factory in northern Ohio there is an empty patch of concrete floor - a reminder of a $60 million expansion plan the appliance maker says fell victim to unfair foreign competition.

Tillerson weighed quitting in July amid tensions with Trump: NBC

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 7:42am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials intervened to persuade Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not to resign during the summer as tensions rose between President Trump and the nation's top diplomat, NBC News reported on Wednesday.

Obamacare sign-up challenge: proving the law is not dead

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 6:32am
NOGALES, Arizona (Reuters) - More than two thousand miles away from the healthcare debate in Washington, President Donald Trump's threats to let Obamacare collapse are sowing confusion about its fate and dampening 2018 enrollment expectations.

Exclusive: SEC forensics unit sought resources, cyber training ahead of 2016 hack

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 6:31am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In August 2016, just two months before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission discovered its corporate filing system had been hacked, the SEC's internal watchdog, Carl Hoecker, received a plea for help from his new forensics investigative unit.

Las Vegas massacre probe turns to gunman's girlfriend ahead of Trump visit

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:58am
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The quest by police to comprehend why a retiree shot 58 people to death in Las Vegas has turned to the gunman's girlfriend, who has flown back to the United States from the Philippines facing investigators' questions about what she knew of his motives.

Microscope trailblazers win 2017 Nobel Chemistry Prize

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:37am
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Scientists Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for developing cryo-electron microscopy which simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules.

EU takes Ireland to court for not claiming Apple tax windfall

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:33am
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Wednesday it was taking Ireland to the European Court of Justice for its failure to recover up to 13 billion euros ($15.3 billion) of tax due from Apple Inc , a move labeled as "regrettable" by Dublin.

Special Report: In Mosul's fall, informers played vital role against Islamic State

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:32am
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - One informer said he hid the sim card from his mobile phone in a water filter to avoid detection by Islamic State. Another concealed his in a sack of rice and made calls to his Iraqi handlers from a basement.

Catalonia to declare independence from Spain as soon as weekend: leader

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:15am
BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia will move as soon as this weekend to declare independence from Spain, the region's leader said, moving the European Union country closer to a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy.

Warren Buffett, Larry Fink criticize Trump tax plan

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 4:00am
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.

Majority of Germans want Merkel's conservatives, FDP, Greens to form govt

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 2:26am
BERLIN (Reuters) - More than half of Germans, 57 percent, want a three-way coalition between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and Greens to govern their country, a Forsa survey for Stern magazine showed on Wednesday.

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