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Trump to visit Utah next week, expected to announce monument decision

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 5:40pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is set to visit Utah on Monday and is expected to announce his decision on whether to reduce the size of two national monuments where drilling and mining are banned, an administration official said on Tuesday.

AT&T and Time Warner say proposed merger is 'pro-consumer'

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 5:40pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc and Time Warner Inc argued on Tuesday that their proposed $85.4 billion merger was "pro-competitive" and "pro-consumer", as they sought to refute U.S. Justice Department allegations that the deal breaks antitrust law.

Trump administration warns of CFPB disruptions in court filing

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 4:28pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration warned that granting a temporary restraining order to prevent the president from naming an interim director of the U.S. consumer finance watchdog would be an extraordinary intrusion into the executive branch and harm the agency.

Honduran presidential candidate says to review presence of U.S. troops

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 4:07pm
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The Honduran presidential candidate leading in a partial count of votes said he would review the benefit of having U.S. troops stationed at a base in the Central American nation if he wins the election, but also promised to deepen security cooperation.

Bitcoin tops $10,000 in some exchanges

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 4:01pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin soared to an all-time high above $10,000 on Tuesday in some smaller exchanges and digital currency indexes, but remained just below that milestone in major trading platforms such as Luxembourg-based BitStamp and U.S.-based GDAX.

More U.S. shoppers than expected kick off holiday spending season

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 3:38pm
CHICAGO (Reuters) - More than 174 million U.S. shoppers made purchases over Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday, the National Retail Federation said on Tuesday, beating the industry group's expectations and signaling a strong start to the holiday quarter.

FCC's Pai, addressing net neutrality rules, calls Twitter biased

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 3:05pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, accused social media company Twitter Inc of being politically biased on Tuesday as he defended his plan to roll back rules intended to ensure a free and open internet.

North Korea fires ICBM, splashes in Sea of Japan: Pentagon

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 2:42pm
WASHINGTON/SEOUL-29 (Reuters) - North Korea launched a missile that landed close to Japan on Wednesday, the first since a missile fired over its neighbor in mid-September, and the Pentagon said its initial assessment was that Pyongyang had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Republican tax plan clears hurdle in Senate; fight erupts over spending

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 2:41pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's push for a big package of tax cuts moved past a potential obstacle on Tuesday as a Senate panel approved the measure despite lingering concerns from some Republican members.

U.S. budget chief Mulvaney says CFPB staff should 'disregard' deputy director: memo

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:16pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. budget chief Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday told staff at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to "disregard" instructions from Leandra English, the deputy director, according to a memo.

FCC Chairman Pai proposes rolling back net neutrality rules by three years

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:11pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission's chairman said on Tuesday he is proposing rolling back "net neutrality" rules to where they were three years ago, a move he says will not damage online access, as critics have argued.

Kaspersky CEO says he would leave if Russia asked him to spy

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:03pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab has never been asked by Russian intelligence services to spy on targets in the West and the company's founder and the chief executive said he would move his company out of the country if he ever faced such a demand.

U.S. judge says Uber withheld evidence, gives Waymo time to investigate

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:35pm
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc withheld evidence in a high-profile lawsuit filed by Alphabet Inc's Waymo, a U.S. judge said on Tuesday, dealing a new blow to the most valuable U.S. private company as it tries to complete a multibillion-dollar stock sale.

U.S. experts think North Korea could launch missile 'within days': government sources

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 11:29am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. government experts think North Korea could conduct a new missile test within days, in what would be its first launch since it fired a missile over Japan in mid-September, two authoritative U.S. government sources said on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Colleague names Putin's daughter, then withdraws comments

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 11:24am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A colleague of Katerina Tikhonova from the world of acrobatic rock'n'roll confirmed that she is the younger daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and then later withdrew his comments, saying he had misheard the question.

OPEC heading for oil cut extension with a caveat

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 11:23am
VIENNA (Reuters) - OPEC and Russia are heading toward prolonging their oil supply cuts for the whole of 2018 but with an option to review the deal in June, OPEC sources said on Tuesday after Moscow expressed concerns the market could overheat.

U.S. judge says Uber withheld evidence, delays Waymo trial

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 11:19am
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday said Uber Technologies Inc had withheld evidence from him and granted a request from Alphabet Inc's Waymo self-driving car unit to delay a trade secrets trial that had been scheduled to begin next week.

Trump administration warns of consumer protection panel disruptions in court filing

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:38am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration warned that granting a temporary restraining order to prevent the president from naming an interim director of the U.S. consumer watchdog would be an extraordinary intrusion into the executive branch and harm the agency.

Fed chair nominee Powell says case for rate hike 'coming together'

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:12am
(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates again next month, Fed chair nominee Jerome Powell signaled on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe is gone, but political kow-towing still abounds

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 8:49am
HARARE (Reuters) - Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule may be over, but a culture of political fawning by the Zimbabwean state media and fear of those in authority still flourishes.